Hardeeville, SC House Fire, May 1899


Man, Wife and Seven Children Burned to Death Near Hardeeville, S. C.

Savannah, Ga., May 29. – Advices from Hardeeville, S. C., report the burning to death of JACOB SOLOMONS, his wife and seven children in a fire which destroyed their house. The house was located on the Oestricher farm, near Hardeeville. It had been damaged by a storm and the Solomons built fires on the floor to keep warm. It is supposed a fire which was left smouldering (sic) after the family had retired was fanned into a blaze and ignited the structure. The verdict of the coronor’s jury in each case was that they came to their deaths through the culpable negligence of Jacob Solomons in neglecting to build a chimney.

Daily Iowa State Press, Iowa City, IA 29 May 1899