Pittsburgh, PA Hotel Fire, Jan 1899

THREE KILLED IN PITTSBURG.

DESTRUCTION OF THE RICHELIEU HOTEL BY FIRE -- FIVE PERSONS BADLY INJURED -- HEROIC RESCUES.

Pittsburg, Jan. 8. -- A fire which broke out in the Hotel Richelieu at 3:15 this morning resulted in a property loss of only about $15,000, but three lives were sacrificed and five people were badly hurt. The dead are:
MRS. KATHERINE BOYLE, Pittsburg, Penn.
AMOS S. LANDIS, Grapeville, Penn.
GEORGE A. WALTERS, Camden, N. J.
The three victims were guests of the hotel, and all were suffocated by the dense smoke.
The injured are:
DR. ROBERT BLACKSLEY, of Plymouth, Penn.; fracture of vertebrae caused by falling from third floor window; will probably die.
WILLIAM GARRETSON, Clearfield, Penn.; delegate to the Miners' National Convention; painfully burned about back and hips; returned home.
JOHN L. MILLS, proprietor of the hotel; face and body badly burned.
MISS MILLS, his daughter; cut by glass while getting through window to escape.
HENRY PAINTER, Grapeville, Penn.; small blood vessels of lungs ruptured by inhaling smoke; may recover.
The fire originated on the second floor from an explosion of gas, and within a few moments the building was a mass of flames and blinding smoke. The noise of the explosion awakened most of the guests, about twenty in number, and a frantic fight for life ensued.
ROBERT N. THOMPSON of Kalaska, Mich., a salesman for the Cadillac Lumber Company, was the means of saving at least six lives. In the first moments after the explosion he rushed into the hallway of the second floor and stumbled over the unconscious form of a woman, whom he dragged into the reception room. Five others, three men and two women, who had been turned back from the stairway by the flames, were shrieking and fighting for some exit. THOMPSON forced them all into the big room and locked the door. Knowing that it meant death to go into the hall he fought the desperate men back until the arrival of the firemen, when all were rescued. The hotel is completely gutted.

The New York Times New York 1899-01-09

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