Seattle, WA Fire Burns Center of City, June 1910

Seattle Fire Destruction

23 MISSING IN MILLION DOLLAR FIRE.

MIDNIGHT BLAZE SWEEPS THE HEART OF SEATTLE.

EMPTY A HOSPITAL IN FLAMES' PATH.

POLICE WARN HUNDREDS OF SLEEPING PEOPLE TO FLEE, BUT FAIL TO REACH OTHERS IN TIME.

Seattle, Wash., June 11. -- Twenty-three persons are believed to be dead and property valued at nearly $1,000,000 has been destroyed by a fire in the heart of the city today.

The fire was discovered shortly after midnight and raged for several hours. Twenty of the persons reported dead are believed to have been killed when the fire destroyed a row of houses near the Galbraith warehouse.

A policeman who went through this district immediately after the fire started said there was no time for the negroes to escape from that section and he believed all were dead.

Every ambulance in the city was pressed into service and the patients of the Presbyterian Hospital, near the fire-swept district, were moved to the City Hospital which is a mile further south from the danger zone. A fire engine caught in the path of flames was abandoned by its crew and three men are reported to have taken refuge in a building at First and Wall Streets which later collapsed. The men are still missing.

The fire started in the Galbraith warehouse at midnight while a veritable gale was blowing from the west. The wind spread the flames with alarming rapidity.

It was all a squad of policemen could do to keep ahead of the flames and warn the occupants of the wooden structures, half a dozen of which were boarding houses, to vacate. The police did not reach one boarding house near the Galbraith warehouse, where the persons are reported killed.

Trenton Evening Times New Jersey 1910-06-11