Providence, RI Tenement House Fire, Jan 1899

Fatal Fire

Tenement House in Providence Having Eight Families is Destroyed

Providence, R. I., Jan. 3 – A fire broke out in the house 6 Lime Street early this morning and before all the eight families who were tenants in the house could be rescued Frank McDermott, 24 years of age, had received fatal injuries from suffocation, and Mr. And Mrs. John O'Brien had been overcome. McDermott was sent to the hospital, but died on the way, and Mrs. O'Brien is in a serious condition. Mr. O'Brien was sick in bed, and he with his wife were moved to an adjoining house. The fire broke out at 2 o'clock.

The cause of the fire is unknown. It stared [sic] in the attic in the front part of the
building, probably from a lamp. Mr. McDermott, who boarded with his aunt, was
overcome by the heavy fumes of the burning woodwork and was with difficulty taken
from the building. In a short space of time the fire was under control

The flames did not reach McDermott, and, in fact, none of the people in the house were actually burned. It was the dense smoke which brought about the fatality.

John O'Brien and Thomas Brophy, who took McDermott out, were slightly burned.

The financial loss is small.

Portsmouth Herald, Portsmouth, NH 4 Jan 1899