Brooklyn, NY Four Story House Fire, Feb 1916


New York, Feb. 4. -- Six women were burned to death early today when fire destroyed the four-story and basement house at No. 243 Hancock street, one of the most fashionable sections of Brooklyn.

The house was the home of MRS. CASIMIR TAG, widow of CASIMIR TAG, who was president of the German Savings and German - American Bank of Brooklyn. It was one of the handsomest houses in the block.

The dead:
CAROLINE TAG, 25, daughter of MRS. TAG.
HELEN TAG, 31, daughter of MRS. TAG.
MISS JENNIE F. STEADMAN, 20, a trained nurse.
ANNIE CAIN, 52, servant.
LIZZIE CAIN, 45, servant.

The fire broke out about 3 o'clock. It was discovered by MISS CAROLINE TAG. She called up her brother, DR. C. H. TAG, and then the fire department. It is believed that she then tried to arouse the others who were in the house. It was the last seen of her. She was to have been married February 14.

When the firemen arrived the blaze, which started on the first floor was sweeping through the center of the house. Another alarm was turned in.

Policemen FRIED and GERHAGER fought their way into the house. On the third floor they found MRS. TAG and rescued her unconscious. Then the flames became so fierce that the policemen were forced to leave the burning house.
After a hard fight the firemen got the blaze under control. A search of the house revealed the bodies of the seven women. All were in bedrooms on the second and third floors and were insuch a condition that it was difficult to identify them.
MISS STEADMAN had been in the TAG home only one day. She had been engaged only yesterday to nurse one of the family who was ill. She was sleeping on the third floor.

The fire was caused by defective insulation.

CASIMIR TAG died September 21, 1913. He was 60 years old, and left an estate valued at $1,500,000.

The Kingston Daily Freeman New York 1916-02-04