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April 6, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXIV(14):523. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430140019005

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March 31, being Sunday, the employees of this office were enjoying that rest which all good people enjoy on that day. It so happened that in the afternoon Mr. R. A. Hamilton went to the Journal office on an errand for the Editor. He was in the office a few minutes, found the papers of which he was in search, closed the iron door, and started home; going down the stairway he smelled smoke, and he looked carefully on each landing as he passed, finding the smoke grow thicker, and on reaching the first floor found the stairs themselves on fire. He ran to the basement, called the engineer of the building and had the alarm sounded. In four or five minutes the entire hallway and stairs were wrapped in flames, and sheets of fire rushed out of the windows.

The insurance patrol responded quickly, and in less than six

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