Hurley, WI Klondike Theatre Fire, Nov 1901

TEN LOST IN THEATRE FIRE.

ALL CONNECTED WITH THE KLONDIKE HOUSE IN HURLEY, WIS.

Ironwood, Mich., Nov. 6. -- Ten lives were lost and four buildings destroyed by a fire which started in the Klondike Theatre at Hurley, Wis., today.
The dead:
GEORGE BEERT.
CLARE BONNE.
C. W. CLEVELAND.
H. P. CLIFFORD.
H. D. EMORY.
F. L. GAY.
THOMAS LeCLAIRE.
THOMAS OZANNE.
HARRY RAYMOND.
TIMOTHY RYAN.
The seriously injured are:
JENNIE BENDER.
ANNIE SCOTT.
LAURA RUSSELL
"BILLY" McLAUGHLIN.
The Klondike was a vaudeville theatre, and all of the dead and injured were connected with the theatre as performers. Most of them lived in Hurley, and THOMAS LeCLAIRE was a brother of the proprietor of the theatre. The fire started on the stage, and in a few minutes the entire structure was a mass of flames. The third story was used as sleeping quarters, and the rapid spread of the fire cut off the escape of the occupants.
The theatre building was quickly consumed, and the flames spread to adjoining structures. The Ironwood Fire Department was called to the assistance of the Hurley firemen, and only by the hardest work was the town saved from being wiped out. The losses were as follows:
E. LeClaire, Klondike Theatre, $7,000.
M. Cummings, Monarch saloon, $4,000.
Harrigan & McPherson's saloon, $6,000.
D. P. McNeil, of Chicago, $1,000.
Constantine Erspaner, $500.
The charred bodies of six of the victims have been recovered, and search is being made for the others.
The Klondike Theatre burned once before, in July, 1887, when eleven women lost their lives.

Milwaukee, Nov. 6. -- An "Evening Wisconsin" dispatch from Hurley, Wis., gives the name of MISS JENNIE BARBER, actress, among the dead, and WILLIAM RUSH BOLT, an Ironwood barber, as one of the injured.

New York Daily Tribune 1901-11-07