New Orleans, LA Building Fire, May 1908

PANIC AVERTED BY COOLNESS

With Fire Raging in Adjoining Buildings Several Hundred Women and Children Leave Theatre.

New Orleans, May 29.---Several hundred women and children were in the Shubert theatre tonight witnessing a moving picture exhibition when fire broke out in a five-story building separated from the theatre by an arcade passageway. The thratre exits were quietly opened, and the announcer requested the audience to leave, saying there was a fire a few doors away. The big crowd passed under the arcade above which the flames already were burning. The fire was confined to the building occupied by the American Oriental Importing company.

The State, Columbia, SC 30 May 1908