Kansas City, MO University Building Fire, May 1907

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SEVEN DIE IN FIRE -- FIFTEEN OTHERS HURT AND HUNDREDS OF LIVES ENDANGERED.

COUNTESS AMOUNG INJURED -- FLAMES ENWRAP BUILDING FILLED WITH WOMEN AND GIRLS.

KANSAS CITY FIREMEN SAVE SCORES WHO CROWD WINDOWS CRYING FOR HELP -- MAN LEAPS FROM FIFTH STORY TO DEATH -- UNCONSCIOUS WOMEN KNOCKED FROM ARMS OF RESCUER ON LADDER -- DEBRIS TOO HOT TO SEARCH FOR BODIES OF SIX MISSING.

Kansas City, Mo., May 8. -- As the result of fire in the University Building today, six persons are missing and their bodies are probably buried in the ruins, one was killed by leaping from a fifth-story window, and at least fifteen persons were injured. The property loss is $250,000. The debris can not be searched until tomorrow.
The building, which was a five-story brick structure, stood at the northwest corner of Locust and Ninth Streets. It was occupied by Montgomery Ward & Co. as offices, employing 200 girls, and by numerous artists and musicians, who lost everything.
Among the missing is MISS AURORA WITTEBORT, a piano teacher, last seen at the window of her studio on the fifth floor.
Among those most seriously injured are:
Countess ALEXANDRIA BLUMBERG, a Russian artist, skull fractured; may die.
MAUD SPIER, fell from ladder; serious.
MRS. EVA S. BOYLE, Sheridan, Mo., fell from ladder; severe.
J. M. KRANICHFIELD, fireman; leg broken.
WILLIAM VANDUSEN, fireman; serious.
PETER KARAGAARD, violin teacher, fell from fire escape; serious.
The fire started in a basement store room, close to the only elevator in the building. Ten minutes after the fire broke out, the flames began shooting up the elevator shaft, and all outlet save by the fire escapes was shut off. The halls quickly filled with a dense, suffocating smoke, and ten minutes later, when the first fire apparatus arrived on the scene, people crowded almost every window appealing for help, while scores of others, mostly women and girls, filled the fire escapes, and were scrambling to the ground.
When the alarm of fire was first sounded, fifty society women, who were holding a meeting in the Athenasium Rooms, thought that is was a joke, and they made no effort to leave. A moment later, as the room filled with smoke, there was a wild scramble for the exits. All the women escaped with little hurt by using the Locust Street fire escape.

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