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Firefighters rescued artifacts from Susan B. Anthony’s home amid “suspicious” fire

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Main living room of the Susan B. Anthony house Universal History Archives / UIG via Getty images

  • One individual was captured by surveillance cameras near the back door before the fire started.

  • The firefighters preserved the house and its artifacts; only the back porch was lost in the fire.

  • The property was Anthony’s home and the former headquarters of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.

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At around 1 a.m. Sunday morning, the Rochester Fire Department responded to an automatic fire alarm at the Susan B. Anthony Museum and House, Anthony’s home and former headquarters of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, where they held put out a fire on the back porch and rescued artifacts, CNN reported.

Museum staff chairwoman Deborah Hughes said in a press release that surveillance cameras captured an individual standing in the back door before the flames broke out. Arriving minutes after a fire detection alarm sounded, the Rochester Fire Department quickly brought the blaze under control before it spread inside the building, the statement said.

“It could have been the tragic loss of a national historic treasure. Instead, it is the story of a job well done by first responders who care deeply about life, our community and our cultural heritage, ”Hughes said in a press release.

Aside from the loss of the back porch, RFD spokesman Lt. Jeffrey Simpson told CNN that firefighters have safely moved the artifacts and prevented any fire, smoke or water damage from entering. the House. The Rochester Fire Investigation Unit did not determine the final cause of the blaze but deemed it suspicious, Simpson told CNN.

The house was built in 1859 and was later purchased by the Federation of Rochester Women’s Clubs in 1945 to create a museum, according to a timeline of ownership provided by the museum.

Anthony died in the house on March 13, 1906.

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