Jacksonville, FL Tragic House Fire, Jan 1888
ANOTHER FATAL FIRE.
Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 6. -- MRS. ISAAC PARNELL started to church last night, leaving her four children, the oldest 6 years old, locked up in the house. While going to bed they in some way ignited the clothing, and in a moment the house was one mass of flames. The eldest escaped through the window, fearfully burned and scorched, but the other three were burned to death. Their heartrending cries were heard at the church and the people rushed to the burning home, but they were too late. The mother became a raving maniac and had to be forcibly restrained from throwing herself into the flames.
Evening Gazette Cedar Rapids Iowa 1888-01-06