Lewis Store Badly Damaged By Fire; Linesman Injured
Adams Falls From Pole; Suffers Fracture of Right Ankle
Submitted by Peggy A. Wells
The J. P. Lewis store at Third and Oak streets was gutted by fire that started at 11:10 o’clock this morning. Stock and fixtures are practically a complete loss and damage has been estimated at several thousand dollars.
In addition to causing high damage, the fire indirectly brought injury to Warren Adams, an employee of the Ohio Power Company. Soon after the fire was discovered Adams arrived on the scene to cut off electric current. He climbed a sidewalk pole, clipped the wire and slipped while climbing back down. He fell fifteen feet to the pavement and suffered a broken right ankle when he struck. In addition he had body bruises, and he will be confined to his home on south Sixth street for time.
The blaze started in a back room at the store, spread rapidly and gutted the lower floor of the two-story frame before being controlled
Ironton Tribune, 16 February 1932, Tuesday, Page 8.