Boston, MA Business Fire, Mar 1893

FATAL FIRE AT BOSTON.

THREE PERSONS LOSE THEIR LIVES AT A CONFLAGRATION.

HOSPITALS FILLED WITH MAIMED VICTIMS WHO WERE FORCED TO JUMP FROM THE WINDOWS OF THE BURNING BUILDING.

Boston, March 18. -- Fire in this city Friday destroyed property valued in the millions and resulted in the death and injury of a number of persons. The fire occurred at about 4:30 o'clock, when the streets were filled with people. It started in the big building, corner Essex and Lincoln, owned by Fred L. Ames, which had several occupants, but most of the building was leased to Horace Partridge, the big dealer in toys and small wares. This was his wholesale department and the floors were packed to the roof with toys of all kinds. In one room was a big lot of fireworks and they went off with a rush. The cry of fire aroused all the employes, but before even those on that floor could reach the stairs the flames had preceded them. The horror of the situation cannot adequately be told. In two minutes the firemen had spread their fire nets and rescued a score of people. In five minutes the flames were pouring from every window of the great six-story building and the firemen were forced back, knowing there were people within whom it was impossible to reach.

Three Lives Lost.
From the third floor where the fire started the flames had worked upward and downward so rapidly that escape was cut off to all above the fourth floor. The hospitals were filled with the maimed victims who were forced to jump from the windows and there were anxious inquiries for many others who could not be accounted for. Of the property loss of $4,500,000 a little over $1,000,000 is on the buildings and the remainder on stock. This is covered by an insurance within $400,000 of the total loss. Only three persons are known to have lost their lives. The injured will number more than a score. Every street in the heart of the fire district is covered with a heap of the wildest mass of destruction. Following is a list of the dead as far as known:
LEONIDAS H. REDPATH, senior partner in the firm of Redpath Bros. Manufacturing company, died at the hospital.
FRED MEADOWCRAFT, 25 years old, jumped from the third story and fell on his head, died on way to hospital.
Unknown man.

Sterling Standard Illinois 1893-03-16