Kincaid, KS Nursing Home Fire, Sep 1954


Kincaid, Kan., (AP) -- Flames destroyed a 40 year old nursing home here early Friday and took the lives of six of its 10 patients.
Fire Chief Turley Miller said the bodies of the six dead, not immediately identified, were still in the ruins.
Three of the elderly inmates escaped without injury. The other, MRS. MOLLIE CROAKER, 93, was taken to the Allen County hospital at Iola, Kan. Attendants said she was in serious condition from burns.
The fire started about 4:30 a.m. and spread rapidly through the old three-story frame structure
on the edge of Kincaid.
Miller said the flames were raging throughout the building when firemen arrived. The roof caved in soon after the fire started, trapping the six victims.
Those who escaped ran down a stairway from the second floor, he said. They were aroused by the young daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. H. Statham, operators of the nursing home.
Recovery of the bodies, Miller said, was delayed pending arrival of the state fire marshal.
Inmates of the institution included both county welfare and paying residents.

Great Bend Daily Tribune Kansas 1954-09-18



Kincaid, Kas. (AP) -- The residents of Kincaid, feeling somewhat stunned in the wake of a nursing home fire there Friday which took the lives of seven aged patients, went stolidly about the business of daily living Saturday.
Part of the business included the annual fair here, which had started before the fire. Featured in the second day's activities of the yearly event is a big parade.
Six of the victims perished inside the flaming wooden framed house, located on the outskirts of the little southeast Kansas Community. The seventh person to die as a result of the fire was MRS. MOLLIE CROCKER, 93, who died Friday night at the Allen County Hospital. All the victims have been identified.
The Kincaid volunteer fire department answered a call Friday night when someone called saying that the fire had broken out again in the ruins of the nursing home. However, it turned out to be a false alarm.
As yet, the origin of the blaze has not been determined by state fire officials who are conducting an investigation. Officials say this was the most costly fire in Anderson County's history.

Atchison Daily Globe Kansas 1954-09-19