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Battle Creek, MI Sanitarium Fire, Feb 1902

Sanitarium Rebuilt After the Fire

Fire At Battle Creek Destroys Sanitarium

Main Building All in Ashes and the Hospital Is All but Totally ruined.

Four Hundred Patients Removed Safely With Exception of One Who Jumps.

Battle Creek, Mich., Feb. 18.---The Kellogg or Seventh Day Adventists' sanitarium here, which was located on a hill at the highest point in the city, was destroyed by fire early today, and the property loss is estimated at from $300,000 to $400,000.

So far as can be learned, there was no loss of life among the 400 people in the sanitarium, although one or two persons are said to be missing, and it is possible that their bodies my be in the ruins.

Mrs. H. O. DANIELS of Eldorado, Ark., is the only person who is seriously injured. She jumped or fell from the fire escape at the third story and broke a leg.

The fire started in the bath room of the sanitarium building, probably about the furnace. A still alarm was turned in, but the first company of fireman called could not cope with the flames, which shot up the elevator shaft to the roof like rockets. A general call was sent in, but the fire was beyond control. The water pressure was low and this added to the handicap of the firemen, as the sanitarium stood on a hill.

In two hours the building was in ruins and the hospital was nearly destroyed. It is almost miraculous that the 400 sleeping inmates escaped with their lives. Watchmen darted through the corridors to awaken them when the fire was discovered. Few of them had time to gather together any clothing, escaping in their night clothes. The corridors soon filled with smoke and about half of the patients were compelled to make their way down the fire escapes.

Mrs. H. O. DANIELS, who was injured, was on the fifth floor. She was awakened by the cry of fire and rushed to the fire escape of the fourth floor. She got down safely as far as the third floor, when she either jumped or fell, she hardly knows which. She is resting easily and is in no danger.

Firemen Henry LUCAS and Arthur ROBINSON and Assistant Chief WEBBS were slightly hurt from a fall from a ladder.

The management of the sanitarium is positive that no lives were lost, as each room was visited three times before the building was abandoned. The buildings will be rebulit [rebuilt]immediately.

The total insurance on the sanitarium was $148,500. In addition to the loss on the building and its contents, the loss on the personal property of patients was heavy. Nearly all lost their wearing apparel, and many lost valuable jewelry.

Morning World-Herald, Omaha, NE 19 Feb 1902

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BATTLE CREEK SANITARIUM

BURNED TO THE GROUND--- BUT ONE OF 300 INMATES CREMATED

MANY FIREMEN SERIOUSLY INJURED

IN HEROIC EFFORTS TO SAVE INVALIDS AND OTHERS---IRA D. SANKEY AND WIFE CLIMBED DOWN FIRE ESCAPE---ABNER CASS OF BATH, NY., MISSING MAN

Battle Creek, Mich., Feb. 18---The Kellogg, or Seventh Day Adventist Sanitarium which was located on a hill at the highest point in the city, was destroyed by fire early today. The property loss is estimated at $300,000 to $500,000.

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