Philadelphia, PA Baker's Shop and House Fire, Dec 1900


Blaze in a Baker's Shop Endangers Lives of Eight

The family of George Hofacker, a baker, had a narrow escape from probable death by fire at their home, 943 North Second street, early yesterday morning, being carried down ladders by firemen. Hofacker, his wife and their six little children were sleeping soundly when the house caught fire from hot coals which fell from a stove. A watchman, in passing the house a few minutes later, discovered the house on fire and aroused the family, every one of whom was trying to get out of the upper windows when the firemen arrived.

Ladders were quickly raised and the baker, his wife and the children were carried safely to the sidewalk. The fire caused damage amounting to several hundred dollars.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 23 Dec 1900

Search for more information on this disaster and other train wrecks, fires, accidents, etc. in historical newspapers in the Newspaper Archive. You just might find your ancestors in old newspaper articles. Search for your ancestors among the billions of names at Find death records, census images, immigration lists and genealogy other databases for your surnames. Use this Free trial to search for your ancestors. Start Your Family Tree It's FREE and easy. Start with yourself, your parents, grandparents and you're on your way to building your family history! Get Started Now and build your family tree at It's Free!