December 24, 1894
Silver Lake, Oregon
An accident causes the fiery deaths of 41 and the injuries of 16

The fire started when a man attempted to get a better view of a Christmas festival. As the man stood on a bench, his head struck an oil lamp and sent the flaming liquid on the floor and other parts of the hall which quickly ignited. Although one person attempted to control the flames when they were still small, chaos and panic took over. The result was the deaths of 41 and injuries of 16, including children.

Clipping: Wilkes-Barre Sunday Morning Ledger. December 30, 1864

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