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Barbara Magdalena (Lena) died as a result of a fire in her cousin's bakery and hotel.
Buffalo Evening Republic - Friday Evening, July 11, 1884: Fourth Edition, Five O'Clock
BURNED ALIVE - A Fire in Bradford in which Four People Perish - Special Dispatch to the Republic.
Bradford, PA - July 11
The shrill tones of a fire alarm aroused the city at 2 o'clock this morning and the fire department and a crowd of citizens hurried to the source of the lurid glare on Washington Street. Flames and a volume of black smoke were seen pouring out the second story windows of Mrs. Chas Riebly's bakery and hotel. Two or three men stood in the windows shouting. One was heard to distinctly call above the roar of the flames "Help! Help! For God sake. A woman and some children are burning up!" Then female shrieks were heard fromwithin the burning building. The effect on the crowd was startling. A rush was made for a ladder and though the house was all aflame it was reared and two fireman mounted it. One of the men reached into a window and tugged at something several times. At length after much labor he pulled out the limp and almost nude form of a woman. The woman was lowered to the ground and restoratives were applied. By this time the house was a red hot mass, and though it was known that other persons were in the building it was plain they were past all help. They soon perished. They were Mrs. Riebly, the owner of the house and two children aged two and six years and a servant girl. Meanwhile the fire had spread and consumed seven buildings near by and an old derrick.
Patrick Mulqueen an eye witness said "I was standing in front of Cross' store eating some fruit when I heard somebody cry fire and saw flames shooting out of the windows of the Riebly place. It was blazing at an awful rate. Men in their night clothing jumped out of the windows and shrieks were heard from the upper story. Two women in their night dresses appeared at the window crying for help. I stretched out my arms and told them to jump. One threw up her arms and plunged out head first. She slipped through my arms and struck the ground but I broke her fall and do not think she was hurt much. The other woman fell out head first and there was no one to catch her, she must have hurt herself badly. I heard some one say that Mrs. Riebly, her two children, and a servant girl were still in the building. The fire was going at an awful rate and the screaming of the woman was heart-rending. We searched for a ladder as there was no such thing as attempting to go up stairs, but we were unable to find one. May I never see such an awful sight again." The loss is $15,000; the insurance partial.
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