14 Die in Lynchburg, Va., Fire

Issue 4 and Volume 87.

14 Die in Lynchburg, Va., Fire Fourteen lives were lost and seventy-five persons were injured when the Federal Transient Relief Bureau at Lynchburg, Va., was badly damaged by fire on March 24. It was the worst fire in the history of that city. The building was opened as a lodging house and temporary home in December by the federal government. One stairway led from the apartment for white persons and one stairway from the apartment for Negroes. There were no outside fire escapes. A cook employed by the relief administration was preparing sausage gravy for breakfast when grease boiled over and the flames leaped up to the wood ceiling. The old building made good tinder. The chef called to the night watchman to get fire extinguishers, but the door to the room containing the extinguishers was locked and the night superintendent had to be called. Flames spread rapidly under the…

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