April 1, 1893
HOTEL IN FLAMES
Early Morning Disaster in Bradford, Pa.
SIX PERSONS BURN TO DEATH
Twenty Five or Thirty People Injured,
Some of Them Fatally-
Elmira Man and Child Among the Missing
BRADFORD, Pa., April 1. ---Early this
morning the Higgins Hotel, the Buffalo,
Rochester & Pittsburgh Station, the Higgins
Cigar Factory and the grocery store and building
of J. Leroy were destroyed by fire. The bodies
of six persons have already been taken from the
ruins of the hotel and as one hundred and
twenty-five persons went to sleep in the
building last night it is feared that many
others besides the six already found perished in
the flames. Many persons jumped from the second
and third story windows into the creek, and it
is feared that some of them were drowned.
The list of the injured is a long one.
The fire broke out shortly after 4 o’clock and
the inmates of the hotel were awakened from
their sleep by a man who rushed through the
hallways, kicking at the doors and shouting fire
at the top of his voice. Rudely awakened from
their slumbers, the men and women rushed from
their rooms into the halls, which were already
filled with smoke and flames, and the general
cry was: “Jump from the windows and save
Jumped From the Windows
Many did so, but the jump was a bad one to risk.
From the upper story it was thirty feet on the
west side, with a plank roadway on which to
land. On the other side was the creek, which
made the jump forty feet. Several persons made
the leap for life into the stream and were
rescued. As stated, however, it is feared that
some who jumped were either killed by the shock
or drowned in the water of the creek.
Nearly all the inmates were in a state of panic,
and many were injured in the rush down the
stairways and through the halls.
The list of the dead, as nearly as can be
obtained, is as follows:
-------TUCKER, Elmira, N.Y
-------TUCKER, a child of the above.
-------PARKS, machinist, B.R. & P. shops.
H. HAVELIN, engineer, P&E Railroad.
THOMAS CULLEN, a painter.
Unknown Woman, suppose to be a MISS C. or
possibly <G. > BOND.
HAL RHODES, ankle sprained
JAMES BRYSER, face, hands and feet badly cut.
WD DRYSDALE of Johnsonburgh injured internally.
JD CADY, Jamestown hurt about head.
J.J. CAMPBELL, Hellwood, Pa. arm broken and hip
HARRY JONES, cut about face, head and hands.
JAMES BRISSON, carpenter, head cut.
W.J. HOLLIDAY, traveling salesman, ankle broken.
MRS. WEAVER, burned about head and arms, her
JUBY HANNON, glassblower, cut about hands and
head, injured internally.
J. CODY, clerk, badly burned and injured from
W.J. OSBORNE, Buffalo, injured about back;
feared his backbone is broken;
MRS. HIGGINS, hurt internally and badly burned.
J.W. NEUMEYER, leg broken.
MRS. E. TUCKER, and baby, Elmira, NY, badly
burned about heads, hands and bodies.
WD DRISCOLL, injured internally.
TED BURNS, fireman, badly hurt by falling walls.
RICHARD HIGGINS, hand broken and burned.
J. PICARD, night clerk, leg broken, hurt
COOK MCNABE, head and face cut.
MICHAEL COLLINS, hand and shoulder injured.
W.J. HASTED, injured internally.
It Was A Dark Night
A large force of fireman and engines was
summoned to the scene immediately after the
first alarm was given, but owing to the darkness
and the capability with which the fire burned it
was difficult to do much in the way of help for
the inmates. The proprietors of the Riddle
House, nearly, offered the use of the hotel for
a temporary hospital and the injured were taken
there. The scenes were pitiful in the extreme.
The cries and lamentations of MRS TUCKER of
Elmira were heart rendering.
She lost both her husband and one of her
children in the fiery furnace. JOHN JOHNSON, a
boy, was found wandering through the streets
with a two-year-old baby in his arms. The
infant’s face, arms and hands were burned and
blistered. It was properly cared for.
The loss on Higgins Hotel is $15,000; light
insurance. The loss to the Buffalo, Rochester &
Pittsburgh Railroad is about $50,000; insured.
The cause of the fire is unknown, but it is
supposed to have caught from a gas stove.
The Evening Herald, Syracuse, NY Apr 1
Trish. Thank you, Trish!
for more information on the Bradford Fire and other
disasters in the Historical Newspapers on line
at genealogybank.com. Search over 1300
for your ancestors from Bradford, PA among the
billions of names at ancestry.com
Find birth records, census images, immigration
lists and genealogy other databases for your
surnames. Use this
search for your ancestors.
Search Hundreds of Pennsylvania Family Genealogies and Local History Books
for your ancestors. Use this
Free trial for all US Records at ancestry to
find your ancestors.