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Charles Borg helps in fire, St. Charles, Ill., 1901
Posted by: Kai (ID *****5332) Date: November 14, 2011 at 07:28:23
In Reply to: Charles/Ida Borg, St. Charles, Ill>Kansas City, 1925 by Elizabeth of 104

St. Charles (Kane County, Illinois) Chronicle, Sept. 27, 1901, Gasoline Stove - Starts a Small Blaze in the Bagley House: The old Bagley home on West Third street was the scene of a lot of excitement Tuesday morning caused by the explosion of a gasoline stove in the part used by John Hughes and family. The explosion occurred just as Charles Borg, an employe of the Crown Electric works, was passing on to his work about 6:50, and he immediately rushed in to tend aid if possible to the family. Mrs. Hughes picked up the stove as he went through the gate and endeavored to throw it out of the house, but the flames encircled her and she dropped it to the floor, scattering gasoline and fire in all directions. Borg finally got the stove out-side, after getting his clothes scorched, and he then turned his attention to the fire inside. By this time some of the neighbors had arrived, and together they quenched the flames which were making good headway among the inflammable material in the kitchen and sitting room. The carpets were totally destroyed, as well as the curtains and some furniture, but the house remains, although badly scorched inside. Mr. Hughes was at work at the piano factory when the fire occurred, and knew nothing of it for several hours after. Had the accident happened ten minutes later there is no telling just where the fire would have stopped. Luckily, no one was hurt or seriously burned, but it was a close shave. (Posted as a courtesy, not related.)

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