23 Vintage Photos of the Deadly Cleveland Clinic Fire of 1929

The Cleveland Clinic fire of May 15, 1929, is believed to have been caused by poisonous gases produced from x-ray film and an exposed light bulb. The disaster claimed the lives of 123 people, including Clinic patients, employees and visitors, and another 92 people were injured. Among the dead included Dr. John Phillips, a founder of the Cleveland Clinic.

Photos courtesy of the Cleveland Memory Project

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Assessing damage caused by the Cleveland Clinic fire
Assessing damage caused by the Cleveland Clinic fire
Assessing exterior damage caused by the Cleveland Clinic Fire
Assessing exterior damage caused by the Cleveland Clinic Fire
Assisting a victim of the Cleveland Clinic fire
Assisting a victim of the Cleveland Clinic fire
Assisting victims of Cleveland Clinic fire
Assisting victims of Cleveland Clinic fire
Assisting victims of the Cleveland Clinic fire on the front lawn
Assisting victims of the Cleveland Clinic fire on the front lawn
Cleveland Clinic fire - outside shot
Cleveland Clinic fire - outside shot
Assisting victims of the Cleveland Clinic Fire
Assisting victims of the Cleveland Clinic Fire
Crews assisting victims of the Cleveland Clinic Fire
Crews assisting victims of the Cleveland Clinic Fire
Fire at the Cleveland Clinic, May 15, 1929
Fire at the Cleveland Clinic, May 15, 1929
Fire damage to an office at the Cleveland Clinic
Fire damage to an office at the Cleveland Clinic