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Notable Fires:

Page & Baker Streets
June 7th, 1893
Boxes 386 - Oak & Divisadero Sts., 392 - Page & Lott Sts.
3.25 A. M.
THIRD ALARM
In 1893 a third alarm was the highest of alarms of fire.

Box 386, 392  3.25 A.M. rear of 1203 Page st, a dwelling
3.38 A.M.  extends to a stable, a one story frame building
Box 386, 392 3.52 A.M.  Second and Third Alarm
4.27 A.M.  extends to 1202 Page st, a two story brick and frame building
1304, 1306 Page st., a dwelling
1304, 1306 Page st., rear of, a slipper factory
1308, 1310, 1312, 1236, 1234 Page st., dwellings
17, 19, 21, 23, 25 Baker st., dwellings
524 Divisadero st., dwelling
1232, 1230, 1228, 1226, 1208 Page st., dwellings
1225, 1221, 1215, 1209 Page st., dwellings
110, 112, 114, 116, 118, Lyon st., dwellings
1303 Page st., dwelling
Loss, $55,728.

FIRE IN SAN FRANCISCO.
A LOT OF FINE RESIDENCES BURNED
SEVERAL FIREMEN KILLED

1893 June 7.

—A disastrous conflagration occurred here about 3:30 this morning, which destroyed 13 residences in the Western Addition, near the entrance to Golden Gate park. Three firemen perished in the flames, while in the discharge of their duty ; another was fatally injured, end a number badly bruised and burned. The firemen who lost their lives were playing a hose on a burning building, when without a moment's warning the chimney toppled over, burying them in the debris. The names of the victims were: Edward Davis, Charles Madison and Richard Windrow. The families which were burned out were all well-to-do. The loss is estimated at $100,000.

The house on the corner of Page and Lyon streets was occupied by M. E Roundtree and his family; it was valued at $12,000. The adjoining dwelling was owned and occupied by J. W. Smedley. The building was recently purchased for $6000 and it contained $7000 worth of furniture. Nothing was saved. The premises were insured for $6500. Mrs. Field's dwelling, at the corner of Page street; Theodore Letzler's, at 1830 Page; Mrs. Laura Blake 's, at 1228 Page, and Captain' Hiram Burns, at 1286 Page, were totally destroyed, and so quickly did the flames spread that scarcely any furniture or clothing was saved. The buildings where the fire occurred were situated on a hill. The pressure of the water was found to be only 10 pounds, and the fire department had much difficulty in getting engines on the grounds.

Source: Los Angeles Herald, Volume 40, Number 58, 8 June 1893 — FIRE IN SAN FRANCISCO. [ARTICLE]

THE RELIEF FUND.

The fund for the relief of the families of the three firemen who lost their lives in the conflagration is beginning to grow. Yesterday a check for $1000 was received from the Pacific Insurance Union and $60 from Raphael Wieil & Co.

C. B. Stone, manager of the San Francisco Breweries (Limited) yesterday sent a check for $200 to Chief Sullivan in aid of the widows and orphans of the three firemen who were killed in the recent fire.

Source: San Francisco Call, Volume 74, Number 10, 10 June 1893 — HONOR TO HEROES [ARTICLE+ILLUSTRATION]

THE RELIEF FUND.
The Offer of the Grove-Street Theater Meets With Favor.

1893 June 13

The generous offer of the managers of the Grove-street Theater to give the entire receipts of special matinee performance for the benefit of the widows and orphans of the three firemen killed at the fire on Ash bury Heights has met with general favor, and standing room promises to be at a premium.

The company now playing at the Grove street Theater is first class, and upon the occasion of the benefit, on the afternoon of the 25th inst., they will present Milton Nobles' famous play "The Phoenix."

For the small sum of 50 cents those who purchase tickets will be pleasantly entertained and at the same time, will be contributing to assist those who have been bereft of their only support and protection.

Mayor Ellert yesterday received a letter from A. A. Watkins and A. L. Smith, president and secretary respectively of the Board of Trade, in which was inclosed (sic) a check for $500 on the Bank of California. The writers of the letter stated that the directors of the Board of Trade desired to place $500 in the hands of the Mayor for the benefit of the widows and orphans of the brave firemen who met such a tragic death in the great Page-street fire.

No restrictions are put upon the use of the money, the Mayor being given discretion to use it as he sees fit. A suggestion is made, however, that the Mayor make the $500 the nucleus of a fund to be added to by other organizations so that some lasting and permanent benefit may accrue to the surviving widows and orphans of the breadwinners who went to their death while doing their duty.

The. following amounts were received at the Fire Commissioners' office yesterday toward the fund for the relief of the families of the dead firemen: James L. Flood $250; Halstead & Co., $25; Kendler & Co.'. $25; foreman Engine 3 Company, subscriptions from neighbors, $143; Market street branch San Francisco Savings Union. $10; R. W. Simpson, $10; Parisian Dye Works. Joseph Shearer. Julius Pehroth, C. E. Harris. Central Hardware Supply Company, Menu Eden, Bostorus, $5 each; Richard Wagner, $3; cash, $1.50.

Source: San Francisco Call, Volume 74, Number 13, 13 June 1893 — THE RELIEF FUND. [ARTICLE]

FIREMEN'S FUND INCREASING.

1893 June 16

Contributions to the fund for the relief of the families of the three firemen who lost their lives at the Page-street fire were received yesterday at the Fire Department headquarters as follows: J. W. Stoeber, $1 ; Sutter - street Railroad employes, $36. 50. Valencia-street employes, $35 50; Haight-street employes, $30; hose 9, $39.25;  hose 1. $40; engine 5, $106 50; engine 3, $105; "Little Doc." $3; total, $396 75; total to date. $4253 25.

Source: San Francisco Call, Volume 74, Number 16, 16 June 1893 — Firemen's Fund Increasing. [ARTICLE]

SOME WHO GAVE.
The Relief Fund Raised by Engine Company 1.

1893 June 18

Engine Company 1 has done nobly in raising funds for the relief of the widows and orphans of the firemen who last their lives at the Page-street fire. The total amount received by this company was 756.75, and the following were the contributors:

The German Savings and Loan Society $100. Miller & Lux $50. Siebe Bros & Piageman $50, Comptoir Nantional d'Escompte de Paris $50, D. M. Burns $25, Pope & Talbot $25, Pilot Office $20. W. E. Dean $20. Albany Brewery $20, cash $20, Savings and Loan Society $20. C. Carpy & Co. $20, Pacific Bank $10, Pacific Gas Improvement Company $10, California Safe Deposit Company $10, Kittle & Co. $10. P & H. Shaughnessy $5. A. Paladini $5, James Dunn $5. Pacific Coast Saving Society $5. William J. Sullivan $5. Sullivan & Sullivan $5, Lowenberg & Co. $5, Mr. Greenbaum $5, J. E. Sietz $5, E. Danforth $, A. Galli Fruit Company $5, Ed Hollovan $5, Wheelan & Collins $5, Thomas Brown $5, W. H. Brown $5, George Bennett $5, Kotz & Sons $5, A. L. Calveon $5, Swanberg's Oyster-house $5, McL & Co. $5, J. L. Hutchinson $5. Meitens & Ling $5, Thomas Evans $2 50, Frank Garcia $2 50, James Baker $2 50, Grosse & Co. $2 50, Bans Exchange $2 50, C. C. Higgins $2 50, E. Edwards $2 50, Ned Foster $2 50, Morgan Oyster Company $2 50, Guinasso & Fobbi $2 50, Mr. Samuels $2 50, M. Johnson $2 50. Gordon & Hans $2 50, William Eichoff $2 50, Architect Mahoney $2 50, Buhlers & Welsh $2, M. B. Meyers $2, C. Cereghino $2, K. Gorman $2, Mr. Bowers $2, Pacific Mine Supply Company $2, L. A. Graham $2. A. Chiehzola $2, C. Kramer $l 50. Taylor & Co. $1, Lietz $1, M. Cohn $1, J. B. Smyth $1. J. Sameschrellter $1, Herman Kroger and wife $1, N. G. Cons $1, William Dunn $1, John Hayes $1, Cabrigano $l, S. A. Sabin $1, J. F. Smith Jr. $1, F. J. Kordt $1, H. F. Joyce $1, J. Ferguson $1. French Cousin $1, Seegeiken & Buchner $1, John Sieba $1, C. B. Drew $1, M. A. Whinton $1, F. Regetto $1, M. Sommer $1, Oriental Company $1. G. Assl $1, Donohoe-Kelly Sons. $20 50, from the friends of our district $107 25; grand total, $756 75. The proprietors and employes of the United States Laundry handed the sum of $84 to Engine Company 7 on Sixteenth street yesterday as a contribution to the fund.

Source: San Francisco Call, Volume 74, Number 18, 18 June 1893 — SOME WHO GAVE. [ARTICLE]

STILL INCREASING.

1893 June 18

Contributions to the fund for the relief of the families of the firemen who lost their lives at the Page-street fire were received at the Fire Department headquarters yesterday as follows: Engine 15. $245 50; North Beach and Mission Railroad employes, $130; Air. Guifuss, $5; Jacobs, the Tailor, $5; chemical engine 7, $112; engine 14, $110 75; total, $608 25; grand total, $5429 80.

Source: San Francisco Call, Volume 74, Number 18, 18 June 1893 — Still Increasing. [ARTICLE]

FAKIRS AND SCHEMERS.
The List for the Families of the Dead Firemen Closed.

1893 June 21

Chief Sullivan and the Fire Commissioners have received numerous complaints of persons selling tickets for raffles and working business schemes, and at the same time imposing upon the public by stating that the proceeds or a portion thereof will be given to the relief fund for the families of the three firemen killed at the Page-street fire.     This has resulted In the following notification to the public yesterday:

The Fire Department, through its chairman and Chief Engineer, desires to publicly thank the generous persons who have so kindly contributed to the relief of the families or the deceased firemen who lost their lives at the Page-street fire, and also to notify them that their list will be closed at 4 P. M. of this date and warn all persons against contributing to any so-called relief raffles or entertainments or sales of any description.

The contributions received yesterday were as follows: Jerry J. Driscoll, $10; chemical 5, $9.50; engine 18, $50 50; engine 1, $5; employes Raphael Weill & Co., $113.50, cash, $10. The total contributions received at the department headquarters were $7173 35.

Source: San Francisco Call, Volume 74, Number 21, 21 June 1893 — FAKIRS AND SCHEMERS. [ARTICLE]

THE RELIEF FUND.

1893 June 23

Contributions to the fund for the relief of the families of the three firemen killed at the Page-street fire were received at the Fire Department Headquarters yesterday as follows: Engine 2 $195 75; engine 11, $3; engine 10, $46.75; engine 7.$193 75, License Collector's office, $16 50. This makes the fund total up to date $7875 15 Of the amount collected $232 was obtained through the efforts of the members of Engine Company No. 9.

Source: San Francisco Call, Volume 74, Number 23, 23 June 1893 — The Relief Fund. [ARTICLE]

A HOSPITAL'S GENEROSITY.

1893 June 24

The managers of the Hospital for Children and Training-school for Nurses have extended a kind invitation to the widow of one of the firemen killed at the Page-street fire, who is about to become a mother, to occupy during her sickness the Alexander maternity cottage. They also promise her the most skillful and assiduous care, without any expense.

Source: San Francisco Call, Volume 74, Number 24, 24 June 1893 — A Hospital's Generosity. [ARTICLE]

FIRE COMMISSIONERS.
The Contribution Received For the Firemens' Widows’. Fund.

1893 June 25 In part

At the meeting of the Board of Fire Commissioners yesterday afternoon, it was announced that the Produce Exchange had contributed $620 to the fund for the families of the firemen killed at the Page-street fire. The total receipts at department headquarters for the fund now amounts to $8762. The Commissioners and Chief Engineer will distribute the money in a few days.   

Source: San Francisco Call, Volume 74, Number 25, 25 June 1893 — FIRE COMMISSIONERS. [ARTICLE]

FIRE COMMISSIONERS.
Several Appointments Made in a Short Meeting.

1893 July 2 In part

The Board of Fire Commissioners met yesterday afternoon, but were in session only a few minutes.
The following appointments were made:

After some discussion, the Board concluded to divide the money recently collected for the families of the firemen who were killed during the Page-street fire, so that each will receive about $3000. The Probate Court will have to appoint a guardian for the minor children. The Madison and Davis families will be allowed their proportion at once.

Source: San Francisco Call, Volume 74, Number 32, 2 July 1893 — FIRE COMMISSIONERS. [ARTICLE]

Extracted from original sources with grammar and spelling as published.

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