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 Gormek, John Hanon, Marguerite Hermes, Clara Hile, Clayton Hires, Ruby Hohlfelder, Lucy Holmes, George Jenhaus, Emma Johnson, Louise Kehrers, John Kerchner, Leo Krueger, John Kuczinski, Logan
Erected 2007 by New London Area Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 2-39.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
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.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Huron County Court House 1913 (approx. 12.2 miles away); Great Kipton Train Wreck (approx. 15.3 miles away); Milan (approx. 15.4 miles away); Erie County (approx. 15.4 miles away).
Also see . . . Golden Age Nursing Home fire (Submitted on August 30, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Categories. • Disasters •
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 296 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 30, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.