The Rochester Hearth Division (RFD) responded round 1:00 a.m. to an automated fireplace alarm on the residence that when belonged to Anthony, a pacesetter of the ladies’s suffrage motion. The hearth burned via the house’s again porch.
The Rochester Hearth Investigation Unit listed the reason for the hearth as suspicious, however the last trigger stays undetermined and continues to be beneath investigation, RFD spokesperson Lt Jeffrey Simpson informed CNN.
Cameras on the property confirmed an individual standing within the again yard and on the again porch proper earlier than the hearth began, Susan B. Anthony Museum and Home president Deborah Hughes informed CNN.
“We do not know why somebody would do that, it might have been a random or intentional act, or it might have been somebody responding to the museum being a supporter of ladies’s rights since we’re in a contentious period. It is laborious to know for positive,” Hughes stated.
Firefighters relocated artifacts right into a protected a part of the home and took nice care getting into the house, stopping any extension of fireplace, smoke, or water injury from getting into the home, in response to Simpson.
“The firefighters have been so cautious with the artifacts, even transferring photos whereas retaining them in the suitable order,” Hughes stated. “They have been extraordinarily conscientious about ensuring not an excessive amount of water acquired into the home.”
The again porch, which was over 100 years previous, was a whole loss and was taken right down to safe the construction and ensure the home was protected, Simpson stated.
“The injury to the constructing was purely on the surface again porch of the construction,” he added. “There was some minor extension into the constructing as a result of it broke via the door, however it was just some water and smoke injury on the primary flooring.”
The house was in-built 1859, and Anthony lived within the house — which additionally grew to become headquarters of the Nationwide American Lady Suffrage Affiliation — from 1866 to 1906, the yr she died.
“The Rochester Hearth Division has lengthy understood the importance that this property holds each to our area people in addition to the nation,” Battalion Chief Joseph Luna stated in an announcement. “A fantastic job was accomplished by the firefighters tonight in limiting the results of the hearth on each the museum and its shows.”
“Anthony was all about attempting to construct a extra simply society and we simply hope that what individuals get out of coming to the home evokes them to proceed this work,” Hughes stated.
“It’s so clear how a lot this home issues to the group, our neighbors, and even our firefighters. They have been deeply moved with not solely taking the accountability severely, however feeling like it is a nationwide treasure,” Hughes stated. “What may have been actually tragic, due to the superb work of the firefighters, was a tragic loss however we shall be okay.”
The method to rebuild a again porch will start as quickly as attainable, Hughes stated.