Gaffney, SC County Home Fire, Jan 1935
5 AGED INMATES OF COUNTY HOME IN SOUTH CAROLINA BURNED TO DEATH.
15 OTHERS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AS FIRE RAZES HOME.
ELDERLY MEN RESCUED BY ATTENDANTS AS FLAMES SWEEP MAIN BUILDING.
Gaffney, S.C., Jan. 1. -- Five aged inmates of the Cherokee County Home were burned to death here today when fire destroyed the institution.
Fifteen others, although not burned, were taken to the city hospital for treatment for exposure.
The dead were:
HANK and TOM YOUNG, brothers.
All the above were elderly men.
Bez Blanton, superintendent of the county home, led the efforts to rescue the aged from the flaming home.
"The actions of some were pathetic," he said.
"Some of them returned to the burning building as many as three times in an effort to salvage some cherished object."
Convicts from a nearby state prison camp aided in the rescue work, rushing into the flaming building and wrapping inmates in blankets before carrying them to safety.
The fire destroyed the main structure of the county home. The building was a brick affair and only sections of the wall were left standing.
All the bodies were recovered, some of them horribly burned.
There were 41 white inmates of the home and 11 negroes.
The flames, discovered about 2:30 a.m., made rapid headway as there was no fire equipment at the home. The institution, two miles from Gaffney, could not be reached by the Gaffney fire department.
Inmates will be quartered in other buildings at the home until more permanent arrangements can be made.
Daily News Huntingdon Pennsylvania 1935-01-01