Nursing home fire from 50 years ago r...

Nursing home fire from 50 years ago remembered

There are 11 comments on the KMOV-TV Saint Louis story from Mar 11, 2007, titled Nursing home fire from 50 years ago remembered. In it, KMOV-TV Saint Louis reports that:

Fifty years after that horrible day, Bert Cook remembers the helplessness as fire spread through the Katie Jane Nursing Home in this eastern Missouri town. via KMOV-TV Saint Louis

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Jim Dillman

AOL

#1 Apr 6, 2007
Read this story and tell me how long it takes to figure out where this fire happened.
Julie

Columbia, MO

#2 Aug 16, 2007
Jim Dillman wrote:
Read this story and tell me how long it takes to figure out where this fire happened.
I didn't figure it out -- where in Jonesburg did it happen?

“What makes sense makes print”

Since: Jun 07

Wheaton, Maryland

#3 Aug 17, 2007
Based on the last couple of paragraphs, I would guess Warrenton. I'll double check the local newspaper archives, though...
Miles

Greenwood, MO

#4 Sep 27, 2007
It was in Warrenton, pretty sure on the northeast corner of 47 and main (hwy a). The Brockfelds lived east of there on A. My grandparents lived just on the other side of the tracks - they never mentioned it to me.

“What makes sense makes print”

Since: Jun 07

Wheaton, Maryland

#5 Sep 28, 2007
Here's a link for more information: http://www.elderweb.com/home/node/2856 . It was in Warrenton, as Miles noted.
Mustbe

O Fallon, MO

#6 Sep 29, 2007
Hey thanks for sharing this it was very interesting..
Did anyone every hear of the names that was lost in the fire?
used2livethere

Saint Louis, MO

#7 Oct 13, 2007
Mustbe wrote:
Hey thanks for sharing this it was very interesting..
Did anyone every hear of the names that was lost in the fire?
It was in Warrenton.. More info is available on the NFPA website -(National Fire Protection Association) The memorial for the people is in the Warrenton City Cemetary.. all the names are there..

Google "Katie Jane Nursing Home" see what you find.. There is also info on the Warrenton Fire Districts' web site.
Starwalker7

Salt Lake City, UT

#8 May 1, 2008
I drove the first ambulance into that particular incicdent. It was in Warrenton, MO. My family owned the Kemper -Marsh Funeral Homes in Troy, MO and I was called by John Neiburg, owner and operator of the Neiburg Funeral Home in Warrenton in the early afternoon.

My college roomeate, Leslie Doyle Sherman and myself were playing catch in the front yard of the funeral home when John called.

He said "Send me everything you've got. This is John Neiburg in Warrenton. I need every doctor, nurse, fire department and ambulance you can get to me for God's sake, Katie Jane's on fire."

I remember that call word for word - you don't forget something like that!

I drove the first ambulance into that disaster. My only patient was an elderly man who had only second-degree burns on his back. That was the only patient-related injury in this fire; the only other injury was to a fire-fghter who arrived later, who suffered a broken ankle when a wall collapsed upon him. There were no other reported injuries - people either survived without injury or were killed.

I spent six days on-site, first as a first responder and later as a volunteer fireman from the Troy, MO fire department.

The building, an old remnant of a college, had the old-style oiled wooden floors, and as the fire took root in the basement the rest of the building went up in a flash due to the oil in the floors.

Being three floors high, each floor collapesed upon the one below it as the fire burned upward.

We spent days walking the debris sniffing the air for the odor of roast beef. When we smelled it, we stopped and dug.

Many times we found only a piece of charred, burnt flesh, perhaps the size of two doubled fists.

Dr. Henry Sweet, a world-remowned forensic patholigist from Hannibal, MO was called in to identify as many remains as possible. Due to his tireless work a number of remains that would otherwise have been labeled "anonymous" were identified.

A further brief note: As we left the town of Troy, MO to go to the site of the fire, both Doyle Sherman and myself saw the pillar of smoke frim the fire as we passed the Troy city cenetery - some 20 miles away!
kimberley

Auckland, New Zealand

#9 Nov 10, 2009
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wlgraham

Boise, ID

#11 Dec 28, 2013
Just found out that I had a third cousin, a resident, who perished there.
carol roberson

Warrenton, MO

#12 Jul 23, 2014
wlgraham wrote:
Just found out that I had a third cousin, a resident, who perished there.
What was the name of your family member? Do you know anything about them?
Carol

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