Fitchville in Huron County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Golden Age Nursing Home Fire / Killed in the Fire
Golden Age Nursing Home Fire
Located one mile north of Fitchville, the Golden Age Nursing Home caught fire and burned to the ground at 4:45 a.m., November 23, 1963, killing 63 of 84 patients. Fire departments from New London, Greenwich, North Fairfield, and Plymouth responded. Ignited by the arcing of overloaded wiring, the incident called for action to require sprinklers, automatic fire detection systems, and electrical wiring compliance to building codes in all nursing homes. The worst tragedy of its kind in the nation, the incident was overshadowed by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and was not widely reported. Twenty-one unclaimed bodies were interred in a 60-foot grave in Woodlawn Cemetery in Norwalk. Those killed in the fire are listed on the reverse.
Killed in the Fire
Mary Baldo, Frank Bandeen, Leslie Benethun, Mary Berganski, Harry Berman, Mary Boyer, William Brockman, Robert Carey, Martha Carpenter, Pauline Charneky, Lonnie Clark, William Cox, Ouida Davis, Marie Defrank, Christine Demuth, John Doran, Agnes Driscol, Minnie Dwyer, Reuben Echelbarger, Ella Ehle, Samuel Factor, Josephine
Erected 2007 by New London Area Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 2-39.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical date for this entry is November 23, 1963.
Location. 41° 5.653′ N, 82° 29.29′ W. Marker is in Fitchville, Ohio, in Huron County. Marker is on Ohio Route 13 near U.S. 250, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New London OH 44851, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fitchville Bridge 1929 - 2013 (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Catholic Missionary SettlementWorld War I Memorial (approx. 12 miles away); Wakeman Red Cap Field (approx. 12 miles away); Civil War Soldiers Memorial (approx. 12 miles away); Huron County Court House 1913 (approx. 12.2 miles away); In God We Trust (approx. 12.2 miles away); Veterans Courtyard (approx. 12.2 miles away).
Also see . . . Golden Age Nursing Home fire. Article on Wikipedia (Submitted on August 30, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 871 times since then and 134 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. 3. submitted on July 31, 2021, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California.