Paducah, KY Theatre Fire, July 1897
MANY WERE INJURED.
PANIC FOLLOWS A FIRE IN A SUMMER THEATRE AT PADUCAH, KY.
Paducah, Ky., July 23. -- The Casino summer theatre at Ramona park, was burned tonight at 10 o'clock. A performance was being given to about 600 people when the fire broke out from a fireworks display on the stage. The audiance was panic stricken. Probably over 100 persons were injured by being burned or trampled. Several of the actors were painfully burned. The building was covered with tar paper and was in a mass of flames inside of a minute. It is reported that three or four children perished in the flames, but this cannot be verified. All the doctors in the city were required to look after the injured. Colonel ROWLAND and wife were seriously injured in the stampede.
The Derrick Oil City Pennsylvania 1897-07-24