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Montreal, QB School Fire Fatal To Children, Feb 1907

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CHILDREN SUFFOCATE.

ABOUT A SCORE OF KINDERGARTEN PUPILS AND A HEROIC TEACHER WHO TRIED TO SAVE THEM PERISH THROUGH FIRE IN A MONTREAL SCHOOL.

(By Associated Press.)
Montreal, Feb. 26. -- The Hochelaga Protestant school on Prefontaine street, in the French section of the city, caught fire this afternoon while filled with pupils and before the firemen in the nearest station could reach the spot many children had been smothered to death.
The rescue was quick, but at three o'clock, although some thirty children had been taken out alive, it is feared that in the top story there are in addition to the bodies taken out, twenty more dead, including a teacher, MISS MAXWELL. It is stated that all the teachers except MISS MAXWELL saved themselves as well as the larger pupils. It was due to MISS MAXWELL'S heroism in rushing upstairs to save the younger pupils that she lost her life.
At 3:30 o'clock the nineteenth body had been brought out, all of kindergarten pupils, excepting that of MISS MAXWELL.
There were 250 children in the school when the fire started. The fire broke out in the furnace room and spread with great rapidity. It was gotten under control shortly, although there was a lack of water on account of the breaking down of one of the big pumps at the waterworks, but smoke had by that time done its deadly work.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern Wisconsin 1907-02-26

Listing of Fatalities:
MISS SARAH MAXWELL, aged 31.
JAMES F. ANDERSON, aged 6 1/2.
ANNIE ANDREW, aged 8.
EDNA DAVEY, aged 5 1/2.
CECILIA FORBES, aged 6.
EDITH GOLSON, aged 6.
GLADYS HINGSTON, aged 6.
ALBERT E. JACKSON, aged 6.
JOSEPH JOHNSON, aged 7.
ETHEL LAMPTON, aged 5 1/2.
JAMES LINDLEY, aged 6.
JOHN LOMAS, aged 6.
JAMES McPHERSON, aged 7.
LILLIAN RICH, aged 5.
MABEL SPRAGGS, aged 3.
MYRTLE SPRAGGS, aged 8.
WILLIAM ZIMMERMAN, aged 7.



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