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New York, NY Fatal Rooming House Fire, May 1899

FIRE IN NEW YORK CITY.

TWO PERSONS ARE BURNED TO DEATH.

ANOTHER JUMPS FROM A THIRD STORY WINDOW AND IS KILLED.

NEW YORK, May, 25.---Two persons lost their lives in a fire at 2 o'clock this morning in a furnished room house kept by Mrs. Margaret Herbert. There was no fire escape. Arthur Thompson, a fish dealer, was burned to death and a colored servant, known as Grace, jumped from the story and was killed. The fire loss is $15,000. Another early morning fire on the east side resulted in the fatal burning of Mrs. Mary Ruthberg, 80 years old.

Morris Nitke, a cripple, saved the other occupants by climbing up the fire escape hand over hand, and giving the alarm.

Fort Wayne News, Fort Wayne, IN 25 May 1899



article | by Dr. Radut