poplar bluff fire in 1901

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poplar bluff fire in 1901 - T l in M.I. on onla. One Onl. ST. I.nl. Trro...
T l in M.I. on onla. One Onl. ST. I.nl. Trro Cei its. NINETY-THIRD lirrt Cent. FIRE AT POPLAR BLUFF WILL COST SEVEN LIVES. GEMS Killed UulriyiiL ciuO iiirtit ii&;y jured in Destruction of the Old Gifford House. Many Others Seriously lujured Hotel Wtis i ileed With Sleeping Guests No lime for Alarm Some Jumped From Windows in Night Dresses Other Bodies May Be Found. nnPt'HI.l'- .-I'lVMl. Poplar Bluff. M... N. 12 -lur lu- were lnt, three peisons wr fatally Injured, six others received serious bums and hurts and a dozen moro reeeived slight Injuries in a !lr. which destroyed the Olfford House in this town at 12:20 a. m. to-ilay. The list r.f known dead Is a.? follows: Heck f 'lark. Doniphan. Mo.; bark brokiii by jumping from third-story window. Rebecca Owens, l'o.ilar Bluff; cremated. Shelby Dehart. Poplar Bluff: cremated. Curley Berry; body supposed to be In the ruins. The following were fatally injured: Etta Hargrove; back broken by Jumping from third-stoiy window. WInslow Stowe, Tennessee; back broken. Unknown woman; terribly burned. The seriously injured are: T. A. Smith. Poplar Bluff; right hand, back of neck and face, terribly burned. Barney Benard. Do Soto, Mo.; ankle sprained nnd body burned. Charles Stradley, Toplar Bluff: bruised and burned. Mrs. Benjamin Shelby, Poplar Bluff; back severely Injured. Pink Berry, Poplar Bluff; right hand burned Elmer I'reishour: badly burned about hands and face. oi.ii nt a mi: hotel riLI.EIJ WITH GUEST.. Tho Girford Houso was one or the largest and oldest frame hotels In the State. It was completely filled with guests, most of whom were sleeping when the- fire broke out. Tho wonder is that more lives were not lost, under the circumstances, for the llro devoured the old and wooden structure ferociously, and the greater number of tho guests had no warning of danger until tho smokn and flames burst into their bedrooms. Tho fire apparently originated In a rear room of tho building, downstairs, probably in the kitchen or the floor above it. The flames spread with great ripidity, eating up the large timbers with a. fearful greediness and giving the startled porter no time to awaken the sleeping fnmates. The shrieks of the guests who were awakened by the smell of smoke and the heat of tiio flumes alarmed other inmates, and a wild scramble for safety was begun. Those In tho front part of the building made their escape by means of the porch, which extends to the top of the building. Some jumped nnd others slipped down the posts. SCENE OK TRIlROn. AND CONFVSION. Those who occupied rooms in the center and rear parts of tho building were placed In the greatest peril, the interior or the building being so constructed as to cut off their escape by means of the Etairway. The ir only means of escape was to Jump from tho second and third story windows. Those who leaped out of tho second-story windows escaped with slight bruises, but the occupants of rooms In tho third story were not so fortunate. Heck Clark, ono of the latter. In jumping. HAWAIIAN l.toke I ;- !,..!.. jfd dieil ..iKiitlr after bx ing eain. ! to an adjoining House. The. woman Etta Hargrove also leap! from a window In the upper story. One osj her Ieg-1 was broken and she was hurt In ternally. She is still alive, but the doctor have no hope for her. The Inmates of th" houe wero terror stricken, and many had hairbreadth 1 a pes. Ther: was no time to dre.-s. and men anol women ran from the burning building In 1 their night dresses. Some threw thetn clothes out of the window before the leaped and dressed themselves after thetf had reached a place of safety. Somo lost money, jewelry and all thebf clothes. Others were more lucky and s cured enough wearing apparel to hldo thei ' nakedness. J. T. Norrld. the proprietor, and his wlf who occupied rooms in the front part oil tho house, escaped In safety, and savadl some of their personal possessions. Benjamin Shelby and wife were sleeping at the hotel, and Mr. Shelby saved his w!fr j life by forcing her to jump out of the setx ond-story window before him. He states that he saw ten or more people In the hall' way overcome by smoke. Those who escaped relate horrifying storlen. The smoke and llamis were faunedki into the faces of tho people who were try ing to escape and drove them Into a frenzy Edward Matthews, a boarder at the hou lost VJ0O, his watch, jewelry and clothe 1 Ho says he stumbled over half a doien peo plo In the hallway who had been autv' focated. OTIIEIt BODIES MAY 11E FOUND IN Itl'IN.x. , ' There Is a strong belief that when th ruins are cleared away eight or ten mor4i bodies will be found. There were forty-j rooms In the nous?, and all of them. warf occupied. Some of the guests were registered anoj' somo were not; thcrofore.it Is Impossible ti tell how many people met death In tho flr- The work of clearing away the ruins will I be pushed rapidly to-morrow to ascertain 18 j there were any more lives lost than thee' reported. The house is a total loss, and, with thai property of the proprietor and guests, will I reach a large amount. """"" 1 Many heroic deeds were perf6ma3. AiJ Iron Mountain brakeman. named Quins personally saved six persons. Ono of the most heartrending scenes wit the body of a young woman hanging help lessly out of a window in the third story, while the flames were roaring all about her. Many of tho spectators turned their heed, away In horror. I People escaped from the building wltflj hair and mustaches burned off. Some nearljjj had their eyesight destroyed. The hrik. and lamentations of tho Imprisoned victim were agonizinr. , " Little has been done to-day toward elemi Ing away the ruins, owing to tha tnteart, heat that prevails. To-morrow a systematla search of the ruins will be Inaugurate which Is expected to result in finding at least five or six more bodies. .' JUDGE

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  1. The St Louis Republic,
  2. 13 Nov 1900, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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