Twenty-Eight Die in Sanitarium Fire at Seattle

Issue 5 and Volume 96.

Twenty-Eight Die in Sanitarium Fire at Seattle At least twenty-eight persons were burned to death and several more were believed to have perished in a fire which swept through a suburban sanitarium for invalids, on January 31. It was the Lake Forest Sanitarium, a privately operated institution, about eight miles north of Seattle, Wash. Many of the patients were old-age pensioners. Most of them were bed-ridden or in feeble health. A few were mental patients. The victims were trapped in their beds and never had a chance to be rescued from the blazing two-story wooden structure, whose only exits were two small doors. The fire started in an oil burner on which a repairman was working. The flames mounted so fast that any attempt at rescue was impossible. Those rescuers who were able to reach were unable to help themselves and had to be slid through a window onto boards…

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