Delaware, OH Insane Asylum Fire, Apr 1893

ASYLUM FOR THE INSANE BURNED.

THERE WAS A PANIC AMONG THE INMATES, BUT NO LIVES WERE LOST.

Delaware, Ohio, April 7. -- This morning fire was discovered issuing from the roof of the building of the insane asylum at the County Infirmary. The alarm was given and the entire force of attendants rushed to the building, where thirty-four inmates were locked in their cells. G. W. BERRY, the turnkey, was at the time in another part of the establishment with the keys and Superintendent ALLEN found it necessary to burst in the doors of the cells and bring the inmates out. He had no means of fighting the fire except by buckets manned by attendants.
It soon became evident that the building could not be saved and all efforts were turned to saving the inmates from the flames. The latter were frantic with fright and rushed wildly amid the smoke and flames. The violent ones seemed determined to remain in the building and fought the attendants like tigers. The attendants found it necessary to club the infuriated inmates, and only succeeded in getting them out by pushing, crowding and pounding.
The building was completely gutted.

New York Times New York 1893-04-08