Wheeling, WV Millinery Store Fire, Aug 1908

THREE DEAD IN A FIRE.

SIX HAD TO JUMP TO ESCAPE THE FLAMES IN A BURNING HOUSE.

Wheeling, W. Va., Aug. 11. -- Escaping gas in the building occupied by MRS. J. S. GAVIN as a millinery store and home caused a fire at 3:30 o'clock this morning which resulted in the death of three persons and the possible fatal injury of another, while six more were compelled to jump from third story windows to escape the flames.

The dead:
CLARA GAVIN, 27 years old.
MAMIE GAVIN, 29 years old.
MARGARET GAVIN, 21 years old.

The injured:
MRS. J. S. GAVIN, bruised and back injured; may die.
The dead girls were daughters of MRS. GAVIN and were suffocated as they slept on the third floor. Two servant girls and four sons of MRS. GAVIN jumped from third story windows and escaped with minor injuries.

The two upper floors of the building were ablaze when the fire was discovered, and all means of escape for those asleep were cut off before they were awakened. The property loss is small.

The Syracuse Herald New York 1908-08-11