Dover, NH Insane Asylum Fire, Feb 1893

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A NEW HAMPSHIRE HORROR.

FORTY-FOUR PERSONS BURNED IN THE DOVER INSANE ASYLUM.

Dover, N. H., Feb. 10. -- The County Insane Asylum, four miles from here, was burned last night and forty-four lives were lost.

When Watchman WILLIAM CHEVEY made his 10 o'clock trip into the insane asylum, he found the fire coming out of a cell occupied by MARY FOUNTAIN and gave the alarm. WILLIAM DRISCOLL, the keeper, with his family, lived in the building, and he at once broke the locks off the fifty-four cells and tried to get the inmates out.

Then he got his wife and two children out, neither of whom was dressed. Of the forty-eight inmates only four escaped. They were WILLIAM TWOMBLY, ROSE SANDERSON, WILLIAM DAVEY, and FRANK DOUSHON.

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