Anna Schomer Ritter, fire, 1902, Aurora, Ill.
By kay June 13, 2012 at 07:02:01
St. Charles (Kane County, Illinois) Chronicle, Dec. 12, 1902, Mrs. Ritter Has a Narrow Escape. Mrs. Anna Ritter, widow of the late Jacob Ritter of this city, was a victim of a serious fire at her home in Aurora last Sunday morning. The fire broke out in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bessett, the latter being Mrs. Ritter's sister. An overheated stove had set fire to some curtains near by and soon the walls and furniture were all ablaze. Before the fire could be extinguished the walls of these two lower rooms were quite badly damaged and a large amount of the furniture burned and scorched. The case of a new piano was nearly ruined. Mrs. Ritter, who roomed upstairs over the sitting room, came not only near being exphyxiated but was also badly burned. She was asleep at the time, and when she awoke the flames were leaping up by her window, the curtains were on fire and before she could get out of the bed and out of the room she was badly affected by the intense smoke and her hair was slightly scorched. She soon recovered, however, thankful to escape serious injury. (Posted as a courtesy, not related.)