Fire Damages State Penitentiary

Issue 7 and Volume 85.

Fire Damages State Penitentiary Fire of accidental origin, spread with alarming rapidity through the State Penitentiary at Columbia, S. C., recently, and before the blaze was under control, it had destroyed nine buildings and had caused $200,000 damage. Only the industrial part of the prison was affected. After the alarm was sounded, all prisoners of the main cell block were released to the yard. Some were injured trying to get out of the chair factory or in fighting the fire. Chief A. McC. Marsh of the Columbia Fire Department said that in the vicinity of where the fire had started, there were several carloads of excelsior. This material was stored under the warehouses which were built up off the ground. When the fire reached highly combustible material, it made rapid headway. The Fire Department remained on duty until midnight. Four companies of the National Guard were called out. City firemen…

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