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Anthony Wayne Trail Tanker Truck Fire

June 10, 2011, is the 50th anniversary of the Anthony Wayne Trail fire and explosion that injured 71 people -- 38 of whom were children -- and eventually claimed the lives of four Toledo firefighters. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO VIEW FULL PHOTO, START SLIDE SHOW.

A trailer of a Standard Oil tanker truck transporting 7,900 gallons of gasoline crashed on the Anthony Wayne Tail near Vinton Street. Enlarge A trailer of a Standard Oil tanker truck transporting 7,900 gallons of gasoline crashed on the Anthony Wayne Tail ...
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Fifty-seven firefighters responded to the three-alarm blaze. Enlarge Fifty-seven firefighters responded to the three-alarm blaze.
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Four firefighters would die from injuries suffered while battling the blaze. Enlarge Four firefighters would die from injuries suffered while battling the blaze.
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The fire spread to some homes along the Trail. Enlarge The fire spread to some homes along the Trail.
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Deputy Chief Ewald E. Bode, who was not wearing fire gear when he responded to the blaze, died July 26, 1961, from his burns. Enlarge Deputy Chief Ewald E. Bode, who was not wearing fire gear when he responded to the blaze, died July 26, 1961, from his burns.
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Firefighter Robert Harrison, of Station 5, died June 15, 1961, from burns. Enlarge Firefighter Robert Harrison, of Station 5, died June 15, 1961, from burns.
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Firefighter Glenn E. Carter, of Station 5, died June 23, 1961, more than a week after being burned in the tanker fire. Enlarge Firefighter Glenn E. Carter, of Station 5, died June 23, 1961, more than a week after being burned in the tanker fire.
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Firefighter William Genson, of Station 1, died July 10, 1961, exactly one month after being burned in the Trail fire. Enlarge Firefighter William Genson, of Station 1, died July 10, 1961, exactly one month after being burned in the Trail fire.
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Smoke billows from the burning tanker. Enlarge Smoke billows from the burning tanker.
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At least nearby four homes were set fire by the explosion. Enlarge At least nearby four homes were set fire by the explosion.
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This report logs the time when three alarms were issued and notes injuries suffered in the battle. On the right, Enlarge This report logs the time when three alarms were issued and notes injuries suffered in the battle. On the right,...
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This building fire report notes that a building at 612 Vinton St. will be torn down after being set ablaze in the tanker truck explosion. Enlarge This building fire report notes that a building at 612 Vinton St. will be torn down after being set ablaze ...
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A small explosion was followed by a massive blast. Enlarge A small explosion was followed by a massive blast.
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Seventy-one people, including 11 firefighters and 38 children, were injured in the fire and explosion. Enlarge Seventy-one people, including 11 firefighters and 38 children, were injured in the fire and explosion.
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Three fire houses responded to the scene. Enlarge Three fire houses responded to the scene.
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Thousands of bystanders also came to the scene. Enlarge Thousands of bystanders also came to the scene.
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Raymond Mercurio was 13 years old and living on South St. Clair Street when he ventured down to see the gasoline truck that was on fire on the Anthony Wayne Trail on June 10, 1961. He was leaving the scene when the tanker exploded burning the back of his body. Enlarge | Buy This Photo Raymond Mercurio was 13 years old and living on South St. Clair Street when he ventured down to see the ...
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Seven firefighters survived injuries sustained in battling the tanker fire. Enlarge Seven firefighters survived injuries sustained in battling the tanker fire.
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Firefighters continue to hose down the smoldering tanker trailer. Enlarge Firefighters continue to hose down the smoldering tanker trailer.
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Bystanders watch fire crews hose down the remains of the gas tanker. Enlarge Bystanders watch fire crews hose down the remains of the gas tanker.
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An injured fireman is taken to an ambulance at the Anthony Wayne Trail fire. Enlarge An injured fireman is taken to an ambulance at the Anthony Wayne Trail fire.
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Retired firefighter John Repp Sr., 85, curator of Toledo Firefighters Museum, responded with Station 1 to the blaze. Enlarge Retired firefighter John Repp Sr., 85, curator of Toledo Firefighters Museum, responded with Station 1 to the blaze.
The charred remains of the rig rests on the Trail. Enlarge The charred remains of the rig rests on the Trail.
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Firefighters had to battle blazes that spread to nearby homes as well. Enlarge Firefighters had to battle blazes that spread to nearby homes as well.
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Bystanders watch from an overpass. Enlarge Bystanders watch from an overpass.
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The remains of the gas tanker is towed away. Enlarge The remains of the gas tanker is towed away.
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