Philadelphia, PA Bakery Fire Kills Five, Dec 1889
A WOMAN AND FOUR CHILDREN ROASTED TO DEATH WHILE ASLEEP.
Philadelphia, Dec. 3. -- Fire in GUSTAV GROSS' bakery and dwelling, northeast corner Second and Huntingdon Streets, early yesterday morning destroyed the shop and dwelling, and one woman and four children were burned to death. Three others were seriously burned. The flames broke out in the cellar of the building and spread so rapidly that the victims, who were asleep in the upper stories, were suffocated before aid could reach them.
The dead are:
ANNIE BITNER, aged thirty-two years, burned to death.
GUSTAV GROSS, aged eleven years, burned to death.
BRUNO GROSS, aged five years, inhaled the flame and smoke and died half an hour after the fire was discovered.
GEORGE BITNER, aged nine months.
IDA BITNER, aged six years.
The injured are:
MINNIE GROSS, aged thirty-three years, who with her babe, MATTIE, aged two and a half years, jumped from a second-story window after being severely burned.
JOSEPH BITNER, aged forty years, badly burned and bruised by jumping from a third-story window.
Salem Daily News Ohio 1889-12-03