Fort Worth, TX Spring Palace Fire, May 1890

VICTIMS OF A FIRE PANIC.

MANY PEOPLE INJURED BY THE BURNING OF THE SPRING PALACE.

Fort Worth, Texas, May 31. -- The magnificent Texas Spring Palace is in ashes, fifteen or twenty people are badly hurt, one man is burned to death, a little girl was killed and three persons are pronounced fatally injured. Sixteen people are missing, and it is feared some of them are in the ruins. Just as the chairs were being moved in front of the music stand to make room for 500 dancers, flames sprang up in the second wing of the gallery under the eastern dome. A panic seized the seven or eight thousand people in the building, and in an instant the wildest confusion ensued. Women and men jumped from the upper floor, and in nearly every case were badly hurt.
A. L. HAINES, chief hydraulic engineer of the Fort Worth & Denver, was so badly burned that he died.
A little girl, 6 years old, was thrown from a window in the second story and killed. W. R. CRUCE and C. W. EVARTS of New Orleans were fatally injured.
Within fifteen minutes of the breaking out of the fire twenty thousand people were in the grounds and the scene was agonizing. Men and women rushed frantically from crowd to crowd looking for loved ones, in many cases shrieking and crying. Many ladies fainted. The loss will reach $250,000. The insurance is nominal.

Davenport Morning Tribune Iowa 1890-06-01