Ft. Madison, IA Business Fire, Apr 1892

BURNED TO DEATH.

HORRIBLE HOLOCAUST AT FORT MADISON, IOWA.

NINE PEOPLE LOSE THEIR LIVES.

A STORE BUILDING WITH LIVING APARTMENTS ON THE SECOND FLOOR BURNED -- ESCAPE FOR THE UNFORTUNATE VICTIMS SHUT OFF BY AN EXPLOSION OF GUNPOWDER.

Fort Madison, April 6. -- A frightful calamity occurred last night in the west end of this city by which nine people lost their lives.
At 2524 Santa Fe Avenue stood a two-story building owned by S. V. Kitchen. The upper story was used as a dwelling by the owner, and the lower was occupied by the general store and meat market of McIntosh & Pease. At 11:45 p.m. the building was discovered to be on fire, an alarm was given and the fire department turned out. About two minutes after the fire was discovered, a terrific explosion shook the building and the flames burst out furiously. It is supposed that some kegs of gunpowder stored in the building exploded and destroyed the narrow stairs leading inside of the building from the second story, and thus shutting out all hope of escape. The fire burned rapidly, the nearest connections being several blocks distant.
The unfortunates were:
S. V. KITCHEN, 35 years old.
MRS. S. V. KITCHEN, 30 years old.
Three children aged 1, 3 and 5.
MISS SIDNEY DAY, a sister of Mrs. Kitchen, aged 16.
AUGUST NEMEYER, a border, aged 17.
HENRY NEMEYER, a border, aged 18.
SAMUEL KITCHEN, brother of the owned, aged 20.
The two latter ones were taken out alive, but died at 9 o'clock this morning. The seven bodies found in the ruins were taken to the undertaker's where they presented a ghastly sight. MRS. KITCHEN and baby and sister, MISS DAY, were found in one embrace and it was with great difficulty that they were separated. The origin of the fire is a mystery.

Hutchinson News Kansas 1892-04-06