Columbia, SC Cabin Fire Kills Nine, Feb 1880


Columbia, S.C., February, 5 -- A negro cabin on the plantation of Captain William Stack, thirteen miles north of Columbia, was destroyed by fire Tuesday night, and two men, a woman, and six children perished in the flames.
The fire was discovered by a colored woman, who ran to the burning building and pulled off a board, when she heard one of the children trying to awaken its father, without success. Before assistance arrived the cabin and its occupants were burned up. The chimney -- a crude affair, made of clay and sticks -- is supposed to have ignited while the negroes were asleep. The cabin had but one door and no windows.

Daily Dispatch Richmond Virginia 1880-02-06