Charleston, SC Fatal Fire, Nov 1883


CHARLESTON, November 12.---A fire broke out in Wilbur's clothing manufactory, on Hayne's street, this afternoon, and spread to the establishment of Robertson, Taylor & Co., wholesale grocers, completely gutting both buildings. A bag factory adjoining was also damaged. The loss is estimated at $60,000. There were eight women and a boy employed in Wilbur's factory, most of whom jumped from the third story to the street.

Eilen Herron was killed by jumping, and Susie Bould was mortally injured. Mary Wolfe was badly burned, but may recover, as she was not injured much in jumping. Maggie Quinlick and Annie Tyler were badly hurt, but will recover. Abigale Guy and Laura Green are supposed to have burned in the building. A little boy named Lightheart jumped and was caught without receiving any injury. Only the sight person named were in the third story. The fire broke out under the stairway on the second floor and spread with amazing rapidity, cutting off escape from the third floor by the stairs, and persons on the second floor only escaped with great difficulty.

The Telegraph and Messenger, Macon, GA 13 Nov 1883



CHARLESTON, S. C., Nov. 13.---Miss Mary Wolf, one of the factory girls who leaped from the burning building on Monday afternoon, died from her injuries this morning. The bodies of Miss Laura Green and of Miss Abigail Guy were recovered this morning from the ruins. Miss Susan Bond and Miss Maggie Quinlick, who jumped from the burning building, are in a critical condition.

The New York Times, New York, NY 14 Nov 1883



From the Charleston (S.C.) News, Jan. 11. Robert Lightheart, the young lad who leaped from the third story of the Charleston Clothing Factory during the fire in November last, and miraculously escaped without injury, while standing recently in the door of the store where he is employed, felt his ankle give way under him and fell. Upon examination it was found that his leg was broken just above the ankle. The circumstance is almost unaccountable, and goes to show how one may escape unhurt from what would seem certain death and yet receive serious injury while in apparent safety.

The New York Times, New York, NY 18 Jan 1884