Gloversville, NY Keystone Hotel Fire, Dec 1909

FIRE GUARDS DIE IN FIRE.

Watched Hotel Ruins All Night and Were Burned in New Blaze.

GLOVERSVILLE, N. Y., Dec. 22.---Following the burning of the Keystone Hotel late yesterday afternoon three lives were lost in a fire which destroyed the Keystone stables late this afternoon.

The dead are:

Abram Fonda, janitor of the hotel, aged 70;

John O'Brien, a mason, aged 43, and

William Stephens, a mason, 47 years old.

These men had remained up all night guarding the ruins of the hotel, and about noon to-day went to the stables, where there were sleeping rooms, and went to bed. The building was discovered to be in flames at 3:30 o'clock, and after the fire had been extinguished the bodies were found.

The New York Times, New York, NY 23 Dec 1909