Ran Through Blazing Door

January 2, 1909


There is a fire at a school in Oregon, and a teacher helps get the children out of the burning building before any of them are hurt.


Circleville, O. Dec 23- Forty-two school children had a narrow escape from cremation when fire broke out in district school No. 5. With the door in flames and all the windows securely barred, the situation was critical. A fire panic followed. Luther Compton, the teacher, induced the children one by one to run through the blazing doorway, the only means of escape, and all were saved. The teacher was the last to leave the building. The doorway became ignited from an overheated register.
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Alan Banuchi


“Ran Through Blazing Door,” Black Virginia: The Richmond Planet, 1894-1909, accessed June 20, 2024, https://blackvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/1847.