Bethlehem, PA Moravian College Fire, Oct 1913

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MORAVIAN COLLEGE BURNED.

ALL STUDENTS BELIEVED TO BE SAFE -- SEVERAL FIREMEN INJURED.

Special to The New York Times.
Bethlehem, Penn., Oct. 31. -- The main building of the Moravian College and Theological Seminary known as Comenius Hall, was destroyed by fire this evening.
Many of the students were away at Halloween parties, and it is believed that all those who remained in the building got out safely, but several firemen were injured while fighting the flames.
The fire started in the basement of the beautiful structure, but just how could not be ascertained tonight. It shot up the elevator shaft and with lightning-like rapidity spread throughout the top floor, which was used as a dormitory. It then worked its way downward until nothing but the blackened stone walls remained.
The loss, it is believed, may reach about $100,000 on the main building, on which there is about $18,000 insurance, with $5,000 on the contents. The insurance on the $25,000 library is $17,000, and on the chapel $6,000.

The New York Times New York 1913-11-01