Vern D ///////////////////////////////////////////////// Transcribed by Dee Sardoch ////////////////////////////////////////////////// Stockton Daily Independent Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA ******************************************** >>Monday, 13 Jan 1862<<
FIRE and LOSS of LIFE in SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco papers contain accounts of a fire and in it the destruction of 7 lives, which occurred in that city on Saturday morning. The building burnt was a hotel known as the "Sarsfield Hall." It took fire at 20 minutes before 3 o'clock on Saturday morning, and was all wrapt in flames before the lodgers could be aroused from their beds. The names of those who lost their lives are as follows:
Mrs. HARRINGTON and 2 children, of Sacramento Patrick WARD, of the firm of Ward & McCarthy, produce dealers on Clay street Thomas PURCELL, a miner from Chips Flat, who broke his neck in jumping from the 3rd story window A young female, thought to be the daughter of Mrs. Hans MILLER A lad, the son of the proprietor of the hotel is missing and supposed to have been burned in the conflagration
Besides the list of killed, there was quite a number most shockingly injured. The names of the latter class of sufferers, as given by the Evening 'Journal' are as follows: Miss Margaret SMITH, a young Irish girl Mr. James FINNEY, had his hand badly burned Mr. TEMPLE, of Benicia, had his leg broken in jumping from a window James BRADY had his collar-bone fractured Martin McCLURE, badly injured internally and likely to die
The fire is supposed to have started in the room of a lodger who was smoking and its progress could not be arrested by the Fire Department, owing to the fact that the cisterns in the neighborhood were deficient in water supply. Nothing so dreadful in the way of a fire has ever before occurred in this State. Its horrors were augmented, too, by the violence of a storm which raged at the time, and by the impenetrable darkness of the night.