Louisville, KY Almshouse Fire, Jan 1879


Louisville, Ky. -- The Louisville, Ky., Almshouse, located five miles south of the city, was destroyed by fire on the morning of the 31st.
There were 340 inmates, a large number of whom were old, crippled and imbecile, and the flames spread so rapidly that many were obliged to jump from the upper windows.
Two men were killed by their fall, one perished in the flames, and another was fatally burned, while several others were severely injured in various ways. The building cost $175,000 and was insured for $70,000.

Iola Register Kansas 1879-02-07