Birmingham, AL Southern Female University Fire, Dec 1893


Serious Fire in the Southern University at Birmingham.

The southern female university at Birmingham, Ala., was burned to the ground Wednesday night. Miss Minnie Dean of Warrior, Ala., ran back into the burning building to save her jewelry and received burns from which she died yesterday morning. Virginia West, a servant, was badly burned, and her arm was broken in jumping from a window. J. R. Robbins was badly burned, and James Foster was also seriously injured while saving the young women. The money loss is $40,000 on the building and $20,000 on school furniture; insurance $20,000. The structure was frame, and the girls were saved with great difficulty, being hurried from their beds just in time to escape. The origin of the fire is thought to have been from a defective flue. Misses E. and C. James were proprietors.

Springfield Daily Republican, Springfield, MA 8 Dec 1893