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Farnham, QB Hospital Fire, Oct 1916

HOSPITAL FIRE FATAL TO ELEVEN.

ST. ELIZABETH'S HOSPITAL AT FARNHAM, QUEBEC, DESTROYED.

FIRE ESCAPES INADEQUATE.

INVESTIGATION WILL START IMMEDIATELY TO DETERMINE RESPONSIBILITY -- TWENTY-FIVE
CHILDREN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN LEAPING FROM THE BUILDING.

Farnham, Quebec, Oct., 26. -- (AP) -- Six adults and five children, at least, lost their lives in a fire which destroyed the St. Elizabeth's hospital here today. This forenoon the ruins still were blazing and it was impossible to approach them to search for from 15 to 25 persons reported missing.

Farnham, Que., Oct. 26 -- (UP) -- Five persons are known to be dead and fifteen others are missing as the result of a fire which destroyed St. Elizabeth hospital and laundry during the night.
Scores of children were injured by jumping from windows. Three hundred and fifty inmates were asleep in the building when the fire broke out and many of these are unaccounted for.
Several other dwellings adjacent were badly damaged by water and smoke. About twenty-five
children are lying badly injured through jumping to the stone pavement from the third story windows.
The fire is believed to have started from a defective chimney. It spread so swiftly that the 350 inmates were unable to reach safety before many of them were marooned by the flames.
Patients and employees fought in wild attempts to gain exits from the building.
Startling revelations are promised when an investigation is begun, for the fire escapes are said to have always proved defective in emergencies and many of the deaths and injuries are attributed to the fact that these avenues of escape were quickly blocked.
The 25 or more children who were injured, flung themselves from third story windows to the pavement below when it was found no stairways were available for their descent.
Nearly all inmates of the building were asleep on the third floor.

Sheboygan Journal Wisconsin 1916-10-26



article | by Dr. Radut