Haverhill, MA Manual Training School Fire, Mar 1906


Teacher and Pupil Rescue Many from Burning Building.

HAVERHILL, Mass., March 19.---The lives of 150 boys and girls were in danger to-day when the Haverhill Manual Training School was destroyed by fire and the adjoining annex, known as the Whittier High School, in which the poet Whittier once taught, was wrecked. Order resulting from a well-practices fire drill prevented the loss of life. Two of the teachers and several of the pupils were scorched by the flames, and one girl was slightly hurt by jumping from a second-story window.

Walter Bourne, an instructor, guided twelve boys through a wall of fire and smoke which threatened to imprison them.

Smoke overcame Miss Sue Merrill, one of the teachers in the annex, when she returned to recover personal property. At the risk of his life Francis Gorman, a pupil, 15 years old, dashed into the burning building, and after a desperate effort succeeded in carrying the teacher into the open air. Both were burned about the head.

The damage was $25,000.

The New York Times, New York, NY 20 Mar 1906