Center, TX Town Fire, Mar 1911
SIX DIE IN GREAT FIRE AT CENTER.
ONE WOMAN AND FIVE MEN ARE DEAD AS A RESULT OF MIDNIGHT FIRE IN TEXAS TOWN.
FOUR ARE BADLY INJURED.
TWO ARE REPORTED DYING AND OTHERS SERIOUSLY HURT -- THE PROPERTY LOSS IS LARGE.
Center, Tex., March 4. -- Not less than five people are dead and several are injured, some fatally as the result of a fire shortly after midnight. The victims were engaged in carrying goods out of the burning store at Mistrot Brothers when the roof collapsed, burying many of them. Some of the bodies were entirely consumed.
The known dead are:
MRS. C. C. LOCKE.
It is believed other bodies are in the ruins which are being probed as rapidly as possible.
J. L. CRAWFORD, both legs broken.
MARION DAVIS, spinal injuries, serious.
KIRKSEY MARTIN, cuts and bruises, serious.
WOOD SMITH, cuts and bruises.
W. G. CARNAHAN, cuts and bruises, also bad scalp wounds.
A dozen others escaped with minor accidents.
The victims are all well known and they were caught like rats in a trap the walls going down without a hint in the way of warning.
The fire started in the store of W. E. Fitze and spread to that of Mistrot Brothers.
It is feared that other bodies will be found as some people remain to be accoutned for.
J. L. CRAWFORD, died this afternoon and MARION DAVIS is dying, with no possible chance for his recovery. No further bodies were found. It is now believed the dead will rest at seven and that the rest of the injured will recover.
San Antonio Light And Gazette Texas 1911-03-04