Detroit Santa Claus Burned to Death (1908)

The Bemidji Daily Pioneer, 28 Dec. 1908
     “Leo Wagner is dead in a hospital from burns received while playing Santa Claus at a family reunion. Clad in a gay Santa Claus costume, which was set off by a great bunch of cotton whiskers, Wagner was leading the merriment when suddenly the cotton whiskers caught fire. The flames spread rapidly and he was fatally burned before they could be extinguished.”