Bayonne, NJ St. Charles Hotel Fire, Mar 1892


BAYONNE, N. J., March 2.—Fire broke out early this morning in the St. Charles Hotel on West Eighth Street, and caused a panic among two dozen guests and the servants. The fire was discovered at 2:20 A. M. by Oliver H. Munn, a son of the proprietor, ex-Postmaster and ex-Freeholder Charles F. Munn. The smoke was so dense that most of the occupants of the house had to retreat several times while trying to escape in their night clothes. Effective work by Officer Elijah Russell and the Fire Department resulted in saving all lives and the man structure of the building. How the fire started is a mystery, but it was discovered in the basement. The hotel is a large three-story and basement building of wood, and burned like tinder. The damage is estimated at $2,000, nearly all covered by insurance.

The New York Times, New York, NY 3 Mar 1892