FATAL FIRE AT NASHVILLE

FATAL FIRE AT NASHVILLE

On December 19 a fire broke out at about 11 o’clock p. m. in the top story of the Central Tennessee college for young negro women, a department of Walden university, Nashville, Tenn. The college was four stories high and was unprovided with fire escapes. It housed about sixty students, besides the teachers, and all were asleep when the alarm was sounded. As was to be expected, the wildest panic ensued, owing to the women and girls rushing screaming to the windows, from which they jumped pell-mell. Several died as soon as they reached the ground, and several lay fatally or dangerously injured. There was none to raise them from the place where they fell, and soon they were covered by those who had leaped down on them from the flaming windows above. When the flames were first discovered they seemed entirely to envelop the building, and it appeared hardly possible that some of the terrorised occupants should not be overcome by smoke before reaching the windows. At least seven students died more or less on the spot, and twelve more, including the white preceptress, were fatally injured, and twenty or more hurt more or less seriously. The loss was about $20,000.

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