|Death: ||Dec. 21, 1909|
El Paso County
From the Colorado Springs Gazette, December 22, 1909, page 5
MRS. BURTON DIES AS RESULT OF BURNS
CLOTHING IGNITED WHEN OIL LAMP EXPLODES.
Death Comes Several Hours Later.
Was Resident of Colo. City for Many Years.
Fatally burned as a result of the explosion of an oil lamp, Mrs. Blanche Burton, 50 years old, met a sad death early yesterday morning at her home, 816 Colorado avenue, Colorado City. (editor' note - the town of Colorado City is now a part of Colorado Springs.) The explosion occurred after midnight, and Mrs. Burton's clothing was set on fire. The unfortunate woman ran from the house, where she met Chief of Police McDowell and Patrolman Joseph Morris, who extinguished the flames with the aid of their heavy overcoats and snow, and then subdued the fire in the house, which had gained little headway. The woman was then taken into the house, and Drs. G. S. Vinyard and G. B. Gilmore were summoned. Mrs. Burton was so badly burned, however, that the efforts of the physicians proved unavailing, and she died shortly after 5 o'clock. She had lived in Colorado City for the last 20 years.
Despite her painful injuries, Mrs. Burton was conscious most of the time, and said that a window curtain had fallen, striking a large lamp. The lamp exploded, scattering the burning oil in every direction, and on her dress. Just after the explosion, a man was seen running west on Colorado avenue, and the police are investigating to see if he had anything to do with the falling of the curtain.
Mrs. Burton, who was a woman of the half world, is said to have a daughter who is a nun in a western convent, and efforts are being made to locate her. The authorities are inclined to believe that the name Burton is fictitious. The body was removed to Beyle's undertaking rooms, where it was viewed by Coroner D. F. Law. Unless word is received from some relative, it is probable the funeral will be held Thursday afternoon. No inquest will be held.
Eighteen months ago, Mrs. Burton told the physcian before she died, she had a pet driving horse and two dogs burned to death when her barn was consumed by flames, and she herself narrowly escaped death in the fire.
El Paso County
Created by: Rick McVey
Record added: Jul 13, 2007
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