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1929 Cleveland Clinic disaster to be examined in program at Western Reserve Fire Museum and Education Center

July 25, 2018

1929 Cleveland Clinic disaster to be examined in program at Western Reserve Fire Museum and Education Center

 CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Western Reserve Fire Museum and Education Center, 310 Carnegie Avenue, will present a program on July 28 about the 1929 Cleveland Clinic disaster.

The clinic blaze claimed the lives of 123 people including doctors, nurses, staff, patients and a Cleveland police officer.

Additionally, some 92 victims were sent to other area hospitals.

The 2 p.m. illustrated program is part of a series, “They Battled the Flames,” offered by museum historian Paul Nelson.

The Cleveland Clinic fire originated from highly flammable nitrocellulose X-ray films that were stored in the basement of the structure at E. 93rd Street and Euclid Avenue.

Heavy smoke containing toxic fumes made its way throughout the building, and many victims were found at their desks, and in hallways leading to stairwells.

The fire, accompanied by two explosions, was contained in about a half-hour. Two firefighters suffered lung damage and were hospitalized for months.

Cost of admission for the program is $8 for adults, and $6 for ages 3-17. Children under 3 are admitted free, as are museum members.

Regular museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.