Hardeeville, SC House Fire, May 1899
PERISHED BY FIRE.
Man, Wife and Seven Children Burned to Death Near Hardeeville, S. C.
Savannah, Ga., May 29. â€“ Advices from Hardeeville, S. C., report the burning to death of JACOB SOLOMONS, his wife and seven children in a fire which destroyed their house. The house was located on the Oestricher farm, near Hardeeville. It had been damaged by a storm and the Solomons built fires on the floor to keep warm. It is supposed a fire which was left smouldering (sic) after the family had retired was fanned into a blaze and ignited the structure. The verdict of the coronorâ€™s jury in each case was that they came to their deaths through the culpable negligence of Jacob Solomons in neglecting to build a chimney.
Daily Iowa State Press, Iowa City, IA 29 May 1899