The warden braced for a riot.
Instead, "heroism cropped out in unexpected places," according to a Zanesville newspaper.
"Liberated convicts gasped fresh air into their lungs, armed themselves with sledge hammers and crowbars and rushed back into the burning tiers."
Some of the dead were listed as from Springfield and Clark County:
ROLLAND J. TAYLOR
Brannick was doing time for possession of liquor. Myers was a burglar. The Sherricks were locked up for robbery. Taylor passed bad checks. Timblin was convicted of larceny. Young stole an auto.