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Description: The Hospital Destroyed - Patients Saved, Fireman Fatally HurtDate: February 27 1891
Newspaper published in: Tupelo, MS
Source: Lee County, MS Library
Page/Column: Page 8, Column 6
THE HOSPITAL DESTROYED
Three Hundred Patients Miraculously Saved.
Further particulars received Monday of the Rochester fire report the loss at $65,000. Fireman Frank Jayne was fatally hurt by falling from a ladder. None of the patients were injured. There were in the hospital 300 patients, nineteen sisters and fully that number of employees. The inmates were in all stages of disease and many were unable to get from their beds. Immediately the fire was discovered and an alarm given a scene of the wildest confusion ensued. The corridors were filled with a terrified crowd of patients, some clad only in night clothes and all trembling in abject terror. Never before did women work more nobly than did these sisters, and to them alone should go the major portion of the credit of saving the lives of the patients. The insurance on the hospital building is $20,000 or $22,000.