Rochester, NY Orphan Asylum Fire, Jan 1901
TOTAL DEATHS IN THE ORPHAN ASYLUM DISASTER NUMBER TWENTY-EIGHT.
TWENTY-SIX OF THEM CHILDREN.
FRIGHTFUL SCENE WHEN THE FIREMEN ARRIVED -- WINDOWS FULL OF SHRIEKING LITTLE ONES -- DEATH ROLL.
Rochester, N. Y., Jan. 9. -- Twenty-eight dead bodies lie at the morgue, and twelve others more or less injured lie at the different hospitals in the city as a result of the terrible holocaust which occurred early yesterday morning at the Rochester Orphan Asylum. Of the dead twenty-six are children of both sexes, ranging in age from 2 to 14 years, while the remaining two are adults.
The fire, which was discovered at 1:10 a.m., and was doubtless caused by an explosion of natural gass in the boiler roomk adjoining the west wing of the asylum, spread so rapidly that many of the 100 inmates of the institution were overcome by the flames and smoke almost without warning.
Names Of The Dead And Injured.
A corrected and revised list of the dead is as follows:
MILDRED WRIGHT (colored).
MRS. MARIA GORDON, the cook of the asylum.
MRS. MARTHA GILLIS, a nurse.
MISS MARY BRAD, nurse, died in homeopathic hospital.
MISS BARD died in homeopathic hospital.
Following are the seriously injured:
MISS ISABELLE LAWSON, nurse.
ELLEN DELMORE, nurse.
BLANCHE ANDERSON, aged 7, (colored).
MRS. AMELIA KLINE, nurse.
FRANCES M. HIBBARD, nurse.
FRANCES EDWARDS, an attendant.
JOHN CARR, aged 3.
CAPTAIN WILLIAM CREEGAN, of hose company No. 3.
Saddest Disaster In Rochester's History.
In all the long and dismal record of fatal fires in Rochester none can be found which can equal this one in its general horror; in the pathetic scenes in which so many lives were blotted out; in the gallent sacrifice of lives of the attendants in whose charge the children were, and in the sad scenes at the hospitals and morgue. The scene following almost immediately upon the discovery of the fire and the accompanying explosion was one which turned the stoutest hearts sick. The windows of the west wing were filled with the terrified faces of the little waifs. Working like men possessed the firemen struggled to release them from their perilous position. The rooms of the dormitory were filled with the smoke of the fire and the little ones were being slowly suffocated. Most of those rescued were lowereed to the ground by means of ladders.
Awful Scenes Of The Fire.
The ambulances from every hospital in the city reached the scene almost as soon as the fire department, but they proved totally inadequate in providing for those rescued. Many sufferers and the dead were removed to the houses in the immediate neighborhood. There were awful scenes around the asylum at this time. Most of those rescued from the building were unconscious from the effects of smoke. It soon became apparent that the building was doomed. A general alarm was sent in and the entire fire department was soon on the scene.
Logansport Pharos Indiana 1901-01-09