Orphan Asylum Fire Tragedy


The Rochester Orphan Asylum, located on Hubbell Park, caught fire on the cold night of January 8, 1901. The fire spread quickly, and would eventually claim the lives of 31 children and adults. Although there was initial criticism of the trustees for an inadequate number of fire escapes, investigation would reveal the Asylum had followed city regulations to the letter. The tragedy would ultimately force the city to reevaluate its fire codes.

An article appeared in the New York Times relating the incident, which can be viewed [WWW]here.

The trustees decided to rebuild at a different site outside (at the time) of the city on Pinnacle Hill. Originally named Hillside Home for Children, it is now known as Hillside Children's Center.