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a fire broke out at the Lowell ory residence the fire was in the kitchen just below the slave quarters and neighbors became concerned about the chained up slaves being trapped and burned after dalfen refused to hand over the keys to the slave quarters the door was broken down this is when they discovered the appalling conditions the poor slaves were living in they were tightly chained together and their bodies were covered in scars and open wounds apparently seven of the men were horribly mutilated and found suspended by their necks with their limbs stretched and torn one of the men also had a gaping hole in his head that was apparently filled with worms it’s been said that the fire that led to the discovery of the slaves barbaric conditions was deliberately started by a 70 year old lady who was the cook who was found chained to the stove by a ankle she said she started the fire as a suicide attempt as she feared