Wausau, WI jail fire, Feb 1884


WAUSAU, Feb. 11. - The City Jail was burned at midnight last night. Mike McDermott, a noted thug of Fond du Lac, and Edward Cary, under arrest for forgery committed at Portage, perished. It is generally thought that Mike McDermott set fire to the jail to escape. His head, arms, and legs were burned off. Cary was suffocated and did not burn. The jail was a large building, built of timber, and an entrance could not be effected when the fire filled the door.

The New York Times, New York, NY 12 Feb 1884