Cornwall, ON Rossmore Hotel Fire, Apr 1910

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$250,000 Property Loss In Cornwall, Ont., Thought Due to Careless Smoker.

CORNWALL, Ontario, April 29.---Ten lives and a property loss of $250,000 was the toll paid in a fire which destroyed the Rossmore Hotel and damaged several adjoining buildings here early to-day.

The dead are C. J. Gray, manager of the Ives Modern Bed Company, his wife, and two children; Benjamin Fielding, accountant of the Sterling Bank; Charles Gagne, teller of the Bank of Montreal, Levis, Quebec; Mrs. W. Taylor Archibald and Miss White of Cornwall, guests; William Hulme, a porter, and Ernest Bullen, bellboy.

The origin of the fire is not definitely known, but as it started on the main hotel stairway it is believed a careless smoker dropped a lighted match or cigar on his way upstairs. Sixty guests were asleep on the three upper stories of the hotel and a number of employes[sic] were on the top floor. By the time they were aroused the staircase between the first and second floors was an impassable barrier of fire and the flames were mounting the stairways to the upper floors.

The death list shows that transient guests, unfamiliar with the hallways and the exact location of the stairway, used rope fire escapes or jumped to adjoining roofs and so escaped with slight injuries, while boarders and employes[sic] who sought to escape through familiar passageways met death. The entire list is made up of persons who have made the hotel their home for several months.

Six bodies have been recovered, the missing four being those of hotel employes[sic].

The New York Times, New York, NY 30 Apr 1910