|Fire Department No. 1, Warrensburg, Missouri on West Pine Street (Those Were The Days Building)|
SAVED BY An Umbrella- Ming Hotel Fire
Link to Story There was not even a rope fire-escape in his room on the second floor which Felix Kraemer, a salesman for Steinway & Sons, of New York, occupied; and had it not been for Kraemer experience at hotel fires and an umbrella he probably would have been numbered among the victims. Had not I had a strong umbrella I should either have been burned or killed by jumping," said Mr. Kraemer. I have been burned out at hotels three times now. I was burned out at a hotel at Warrensburg, MO., and also at Elsworth, Kan., and I learned something about how to act when at a fire on those two occasions. At the fire in Warrensburg a guest escaped by using an open umbrella to ease his plight from an upper story window I never forgot the way in which he escaped and since have always been provided with a strong umbrella for emergency.
As soon as I reached the window I opened my strong umbrella and carefully put a shawl strap over it to prevent it from turning inside out then I made a leap. I did not go sailing gracefully out into the air and landed lightly on the ground beneath, but I landed without any broken limb and am alright now. The umbrella partially turned Inside out just before I reached the ground and I got something of a jar, but I should think myself lucky if I had escaped with a broken leg.
|The Fire Brigade in Warrensburg would have looked similar to this at the time.|
|Similar scene in Seattle. Warrensburg lost a hotel and two brick buildings 1873.|
|M. E. Mulevehill, J.W. Poland, J. L. Prainty, Louis Roister Died in Mings Hotel Fire|
101 South Holden,
1873 Warrensburg, Missouri
|Mr. M. E. Mulvehill, Warrensburg, Mo, also Pine |
Township, Indiana County 1873