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LMUD Presents: This Day in Susanville History – September 20, 1913

Monday, September 20th, 2021

Looking south down Gay Street in a 1908 postcard. The hospital is the big white building at the end of the street.

Lassen County Hospital Is Prey To Flames
Private Institution Burns; 17 Patients Have Narrow Escape
Woman Suffers Serious Burns in Effort to Protect Invalid Charges
September 20, 1913

The Susanville hospital, containing 17 patients, was destroyed this morning by fire which broke out in the building shortly after 7 o’clock. No lives were lost, but Mrs. Coburn, head nurse at the institution, received severe burns in attempting to subdue the fire when it first broke out.

The building, a two story wooden structure, is a total loss.

That none of the patients were victims of the fire is attributed to the fact that at that hour all who were not confined to their beds, had risen for the day. Those confined to their beds were carried out of the building before the flames gained headway.

Owing to the location of the hospital, the fire-fighting force of the city was unable to do much to stay the fire as it had gained headway under a brisk wind before aid arrived. No other buildings were close enough to suffer.

The institution was conducted by Dr. Garner, who formerly conducted a hospital at Rawhide, Nevada, and Dr. Drucks. There was no insurance.


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