St. Marys, WV Hotel Fire, Apr 1901

HORRIBLE HOLOCAUST.

WHICH RESULTED IN FOUR LIVES BEING LOST IN A BURNING HOTEL AT ST. MARYS.

Special to the Leader.
St. Marys, W. Va., April 22. -- Three men and a boy were burned to death here this morning and two other men are missing.
At 1:45 a.m. fire broke out in the Commercial Hotel, situated in the lower part of town, and in an incredibly short time the frail building was consumed. At the time of the fire the hotel was crowded with guests and there was great confusion and excitement. Many of the guests had very narrow escapes and four are known to have met death, while two others are unaccounted for.
The dead:
JOHN SLATER, aged 14.
JOHN GEORGE, aged 50.
HARRY ROBINSON, aged 27.
JOSEPH CUNNINGHAM, aged 21.
MR. GEORGE and MR. ROBINSON both leave families. The former was engaged in leasing oil lands. CUNNINGHAM was a tool dresser.
It is thought that the fire came from an explosion of gas.

Marietta Daily Leader Ohio 1901-04-23