Racine, WI Insane Asylum Fire, Feb 1904

FIRE IMPERILS INSANE.

ASYLUM AT RACINE DESTROYED, ANI INMATES DRIVEN OUT IN ZERO WEATHER.

Special to The New York Times.
Racine, Wis., Feb. 19. -- One hundred and twenty insane men and women from the county hospital are being brought into the city from the hospital tonight on a special train as a result of a fire tonight which destroyed the structure valued at $100,000, and drove the inmates into the open air with the temperature below zero.
The attendants, as soon as the fire started, hastened to release the patients from their cells, and, though several escaped, all were secured and no lives were lost.
There were exciting times as the mad patients raved at sight of the flames, and it is feared that two women will die of exposure. The patients will be quartered at the Court House and City Hall until new quarters are secured.

The New York Times New York 1904-02-20