Burnsville Beset by Tragedies in 1910


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 4/26/1910.

Burnsville the Scene of Series of Tragedies
Man Fatally Burned in Fire which Destroyed Several Buildings
Engineer and Fireman on Curtin Ry. Killed
Train Strikes Boy Fatally Injuring Him

Burnsville, W.Va., April 16 - The pat twenty four hours have witnessed a remarkable series of tragic events in Burnsville and vicinity.

Fire at 4 a.m. destroyed the Union and Kanawha hotels, the residence of J.B. Knight and several small buildings.

Robert Heater, an oil worker, who was a roomer at the Union hotel, was fatally burned.  The fire is believed to have originated from a defective gas fixture in the union hotel.

Three families by the names of Thompson, Cunningham and Eckles, who occupied the Union hotel, are homeless.

The hotels were valued at $5,000 and the Knight residence at $2,000.  The total loss is estimated at $8,000 gross, with $4,000 insurance.  Knight carried $900 on his residence.

Cyrus Davis, aged 50 years, engineer on the working train of the Curtin lumber company and Wm. Mirrill fireman, were killed at the companys mills last evening at 6 o'clock, when a tressle they were crossing collapsed.

A train for Clarksburg struck Bruin Carson, six year old son of Wm. Carson, breaking both legs and fatally injuring him.  He can live but a few hours.