Chicago, IL Bennett Hospital Fire, Feb 1902

Saved Cadavers, Not Live Men

Exasperating error of Firemen Who Heroically Worked at a Chicago Fire

Chicago, Feb. 15 – Firemen who groped their way through fire and smoke and dragged six dead bodies into the street from Bennett Hospital, at Ada and Fulton streets, late last night, carried on their heroic labor in the belief that they were rescuing persons who had been asphyxiated, and not until the flames had been subdued did they learn that the rescued bodies were from the dissecting tables of the Bennett Medical College.

The dissecting room and laboratory of the college were destroyed, entailing a loss of $5,000.

A score of patients in the building were badly frightened, but none was injured. The firemen had supposed that the building was used exclusively for hospital purposes.

The Philadelphia Enquirer, Philadelphia, PA, 16 Feb 1902