Dubuque, IA Julian Hotel Fire, Apr 1910

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Men and Women Jumped from Windows or Were Trapped in Falling Staircase.

DUBUQUE, Iowa, April 11.---Two hundred sleeping people had a narrow escape from death early to-day in a fire which burned the Julian Hotel, one of the most prominent hotels in the State. A number were injured in the rush for safety. The most seriously hurt are:

ENGLER, Mrs. EDWARD, Dubuque; fell through blazing stairway.

EVANS, CHARLES, Philadelphia; internally hurt.

GLASSER, CHARLES, Des Moines; several bones broken by fall from balcony.

LEVY, SAMUEL, Chicago; jumped from third story window; will die.

Many rescues were made, and despite the confusion most of the guests escaped without harm. Levy stood for several minutes on the window ledge of his room, screaming for aid. Would-be rescuers begged him to hold on a little longer. In the darkness the firemen did not make fast enough progress, and the frightened man leaped just as another ladder was being brought. The one already placed in position was not long enough. Levy struck on the sidewalk, with nothing to break the force of the fall, and was taken to a nearby building, dying.

Mrs. Engler first went to the window of her room, and fearing to leap, decided to try a rush through the fire, which was blazing in the only stairway she could reach. Wrapping a blanket around her shoulders she dashed through the flames. Her clothing was burning, but she almost reached the lower floor when suddenly the stairway sank. Firemen rushed in and dragged her outside. She was burned badly, but may recover.

Nobody seemed to know just when the fire started or what caused it. The blaze had been in progress for some time before it was discovered. One of the lodgers on the second floor smelled smoke and got up to investigate. He sounded the alarm, and soon the halls were filled with half-dressed people, fleeing for their lives. The stumbled down the smoke-filled stairways and fell into the street.

The firemen, after a hard fight, saved part of the building. The damage is estimated at $30,000.

The New York Times, New York, NY 12 Apr 1910