Kirkbride Buildings Blog

February 18th, 2009

Worcester State Hospital Fire

The Worcester State Hospital Kirkbride building on fire
squad546 over at the Asylum Projects Forum scored the biggest asylum-related find of the year (so far) by tracking down video footage of the 1991 Worcester State Hospital fire. The video was taken by a gentleman named Michael Newton, who gave squad546 permission to post it on the web. I’ve included a few screenshots in this post, but you can see a lot more here: Worcester Fire Footage.

squad546 will try to get the actual video uploaded to the web soon. I’ll link to it once it’s available. I’d like to give a big thanks to Mr Newton for sharing this footage. It’s sad to see, but amazing at the same time, and I’m glad it was documented like this.
A wing of the Worcester State Hospital Kirkbride building burns
Firefighters putting out the fire at Worcester State Hospital
Fire Engines at Worcester State Hospital

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  1. WSH February 18, 2009, 2:56 pm

    I’d like to say this is going to be cool but it will be sad to watch.

    On that note does anyone know if anyone was ever caught/convicted in the arson?

  2. squad546 February 25, 2009, 4:27 am

    Officially the reports blamed “vagrants” for starting the fire, although who starts a fire in mid-July to keep warm?! The other suspect was a contractor who bid on taking down one wing of the Kirkbride. I’m gonna get the video uploaded soon!

  3. Ethan February 25, 2009, 10:37 am

    Hmmm. People might start a fire in July to cook food, but that doesn’t mean that’s what happened.

    I’m really looking forward to that video!

  4. Maggie January 17, 2010, 11:07 pm

    Well i just barely began looking into this place. I have a lot of questions but I’ll stick with one for now. And im curious on how it actually caught fire? I know it was only part that caught fire but still. Why? If someone could fill me in on somethings , I would greatly appericate it .

  5. Ken October 7, 2010, 11:38 am

    Did that video of the fire ever get uploaded to the web? Thanks.

  6. MB May 31, 2011, 12:29 am

    It was rummored that maybe a client had started the fire

  7. EJFX June 18, 2011, 8:48 pm

    It was definitly arson … I just saw the arial picture of the fire … fires dont burn sideways, they burn upward then out … this picture shows the entire upper floor burning, but the roof is still intact … its like someone ran around the top floor pouring gas everywhere.

    What was the name of the contractor?

  8. Brian Lovejoy August 13, 2011, 11:53 am

    what was the cause of the fire at worcester state hospital in the summer of 1991.

  9. Brian Lovejoy January 17, 2012, 4:57 pm

    where do you get more pictures about the worcester state hospital fire i would like know thank you very much Brian Lovejoy.

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