Little, KY Mission School Dormitory Fire, Oct 1940
9 SMALL GIRLS BURN TO DEATH.
Jackson, Ky. -- (AP) -- Nine small girls were burned to death early today in a fire which destroyed a frame dormitory building at a mission school in a remote section of Breathitt County.
Twelve other little girls and six teachers at the mission which cares for orphan children in this eastern Kentucky mountain area escaped from the second floor of the building where they were sleeping.
One of the teachers, MISS DESSIE SCOTT, 24, of Washington, Pa., was so badly burned helping rescue the children that Dr. Frank Sewell, Breathitt County health officer, said she was not expected to live.
FRED PUCHEE, 71, who with his wife operated the mission, also suffered serious burns.
None of the rescued children or other teachers was burned.
The mission, located at Little, Ky., a community on the Louisville and Nashville railroad about 15 miles south, is supported by voluntary contributions.
Kingsport Times Tennessee 1940-10-08