Abilene, TX Boarding House Fire, May 1930


Men Met Death in Rooming House Fire at Abilene -- Eight Others Escaped.

Abilene, Tex., May 29. -- Three men were burned to death in in a fire here today which destroyed a rooming house in the business district.  Eight other persons, including two children escaped.

The dead are:  Harvey Sprinkle, 21, Bernard Love, 19, of Melrose, and Roy Thomas, 28, of Abilene.

Sprinkle and Love, attending a business college here, were to have graduated next week.  Thomas was an employe of the country club.

The bodies were found in a corner of a second floor sleeping porch, partly clothed. They apparently had been overcome by smok [sic].

Mrs. Maude Parker, manager of the rooming house was awakened by fire on the back porch on the first floor.  She started to the second floor to arouse roomers but flames and smoke forced her back down stairs.

Origin of the fire was not determined.

Burlington Daily Times, Burlington, NC 29 May 1930