Hurley, WI Alcazar Theatre Fire, July 1887

A HOLOCAUST.

THE ALCAZAR THEATRE, HURLEY, WISCONSIN, BURNED, AND WITH PART OF THE TOWN.

SEVERAL LIVES LOST AND AN IMMENSE DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY.

Hurley, Wis., July 10. -- A fire broke out at the Alcazar Theatre, at 8 o'clock last night, and within an hour the entire business part of town was in flames while eleven persons perished in the theatre. The charred remains of nine people have been taken from the ruins. The loss in full is $500,000. The Alcazar was a variety theatre, chiefly frequented by miners, and was one of the resorts of unsavory repute associated with notorious dance houses of the mining region. Only a small audience had gathered when the fire broke out, and they scrambled out in a hurry. Several actors, however, rushed up stairs to save their wardrobes, and when they sought to escape found that they were hemmed in on all sides, the flames having spread through the wooden building with incredible rapidity. How they struggled to flee will never be known, as none of them, except SADIE WELLS and MABEL POWERS, were ever seen again. The former appeared at a second story window and called piteously upon the crowd outside to save her. Before a hand could be raised the flames reached her, and communicated
to her clothing. She made a frantic effort to jump through the window, then with a piercing shriek, fell into the furnace below. MABEL POWERS had reached a third story window, she jumped, and was so badly injured that her recovery is doubtful.
Among those who perished in the theatre were:
FRANK YOUNG.
SADIE McCABE.
JACKSON, colored comedeans.
TILLIE MOORE, song and dance artiste.
MABEL GOODRICH and husband.
SADIE WELLS.
MRS. FENTON and two or three others, whose names are not known.
The Alcazar was in the very heart of the city. It was a mass of flames in a very short time. The fire seemed to leap from building to building, until several blocks became a roaring oven. It was not long before every business house between Third and Fifth Avenues was in flames. All efforts to get the fire under control seemed futile. The fire department, reinforced by scores of volunteers, sent its puny streams against the walls of flames, but had to retreat as the fire swept on resistlessly.

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