Abingdon, MD House Fire, May 1889
ROASTED TO DEATH.
FOUR CHILDREN CREMATED BEFORE THE EYES OF THEIR PARENTS.
Baltimore, May 4. -- A distressing accident by which four children of CHARLES WILLIAMS, whose ages ranged from six to fifteen years, were burned to death, took place Thursday night at Abingdon, near Hartford Station, on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. The family, consisting of husband, wife and five children retired about ten o'clock. An hour later neighbors saw the house burning and made ineffectual efforts to quench the flames. MR. and MRS. WILLIAMS escaped with the baby, who will probably die. The parents, seriously burned themselves, stood watching the fire, which was approaching their sleeping children.
The house burned to the ground, consuming children, furniture and all. These people are left with no children except the baby, no money, home or clothing. Vice President King, of the B. & O., sent a dispatch offering aid to his afflicted employes.
Salem Daily News Ohio 1889-05-04