New York City, NY Mansion Burns, Apr 1899
THIRTEEN LIVES LOST IN A NEW YORK FIRE.
HOLOCAUST IN THE MANSION OF WALLACE C. ANDREWS.
A MILLIONAIRE AND HIS ENTIRE FAMILY PERISH.
SPARKS START A BLAZE IN A NEARBY RESIDENCE AND AN AGED HOUSE-KEEPER IS BURNED IN BED.
New York, April 7. -- Thirteen persons lost their lives in two fires, which destroyed one mansion and badly wrecked another in the Millionaire section of Fifth Avenue early this morning.
The first blaze started in the residence of WALLACE C. ANDREWS, the millionaire president of the New York Steam Heating Company, at No. 2 East Sixty-seventh Street. This magnificent palace proved a deathtrap, as nearly every inmate perished, including MR. ANDREWS and his wife, who were found at 3 o'clock this morning locked in each other's arms. MRS. ST. JOHN, a relative, and her three children also met death, as did four of the servants. Two persons, servants, alone escaped from the building by jumping. They are in the hospital, fatally injured.
The police, after a thorough investigation of the ruins of the Andrews mansion, concluded that the fire started through a gas explosion, which occurred in the basement of the house.
Following is a complete list of the dead at the Andrews mansion:
WALLACE C. ANDREWS.
MRS. C. G. ST. JOHN.
AUSTIN ST. JOHN, seven years old.
WALLACE ST. JOHN, three years old.
FRED ST. JOHN, thirteen months old.
MARY BALDWIN, servant.
MARY FLANNIGAN, servant.
ANNIE NEARY, servant.
EVA PETERSON, servant.
In addition to these KATE DOWNEY and MARIE ROTH, Mrs. St. John's maids, are missing and are believed to be under the ruins.
While the fire was at its height in the Andrews residence, MISS ADAMS, daughter of Albert J. Adams, a real estate man, living two blocks away at No. 3 East Sixty-ninth Street, opened a window in the Adams house to get a view of the conflagration. While watching it a spark from the burning building two blocks away set fire to the curtains of her room. Screaming, she ran from the room and alarmed her parents. All ran to the street and an alarm was turned in. MISS ADAMS' cries awakened NELLIE QUINN and MARY MALLOY, two of the servants, but by the time they reached the hallways they found all escape cut off, so rapidly had the fire spread.
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