Cilfton Forge, VA Selma School Fire, Nov 1935

Eight Children Are Injured Leaping From Burning School

CLIFTON FORGE, Va., Nov. 13 -- Eight children, trapped in flames that destroyed the Selma graded school here Wednesday, were injured when they jumped to safety from second story windows.

An hour after the fire school authorities said none of the children perished in the flames but at the near-by Chesapeake & Ohio Hospital eight of them, suffering injuries from broke bones, were being treated.

Others, less seriously hurt or suffering only from shock, were carried to their homes.

Frantic mothers and fathers milled about the burning building and crying children, safe but scared, added to the turmoil.

D. L. Carter, who operates a store near the school said flames were bursting from the windows when he hurried to the fire. Several had leaped when their means of exit had been cut off by the rapidly spreading blaze and as he neared the building a child, almost suffocated and apparently unconscious, was being carried down a ladder by firemen.

Some 200 children, most of them girls and boys not yet in their teens, were in the building when the fire was discovered. Apparently, Carter said, the fire started in the basement and spread upward rapidly.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 14 Nov 1935