Canfield, OH Infirmary Fire, Jan 1909


One Man May Die as Result of Fire at Mahoning Infirmary.

Canfield, O., Jan. 22.----Fire of unknown origin destroyed the men's building of the Mahoning county infirmary here, and 15 of the aged inmates received burns, one being probably fatally injured.

The men were endeavoring to check the fire at the foot of a stairway when a shift in the wind suddenly drove a sheet of flames down upon them. They crawled to safety and were taken to the infirmary hospital. The fire loss will be $20,000. The water pressure was not strong and the efforts of the inmates to fight the flames were unsuccessful.

The infirmary is divided into three sections, composed of the men's department, the women's department and the administration building. The women's building and the office building were far enough away to be out of danger. There are altogether 245 inmates at the institution.

The Marion Weekly Star, Marion, OH 23 Jan 1909


Two Inmates Missing.

YOUNGSTOWN, O., Jan. 27.----It is believed that two men, John Mink and Daniel Murphy, were burned to death in the fire at the Canfield infirmary. Neither of these inmates has been seen since the fire, although investigation has been made at their homes in Petersburg and Youngstown. Their bodies are supposed to be in the ruins. This would bring the death list to three.

The Marion Daily Star, Marion, OH 27 Jan 1909


Two Men Buried in Ruins.

YOUNGSTOWN, O., Jan. 28.----The bodies of John Mink and Daniel Murphy, inmates of the county infirmary at Canfield at the time of the fire on January 21, are now believed to be in the ruins. No trace of either man has been found.

Evening Telegram, Elyria, OH 28 Jan 1909