Spear Lake, AR Rural House Fire, Dec 1964


Spear Lake, Ark. -- A fire in a rural frame home in the Spear Lake community near Marked Tree in northeast Arkansas, took the lives of five children ranging in age from 7 to 16.
MR. and MRS. DAWAIN D. LAFFERTY escaped with seven other children, four of them less than five years old.
The victims were sleeping on the second floor; the survivors on the bottom floor.
Police identified the dead as RAYMOND LAFFERTY, 16; LAIRD, 10; DARRIN, 9, all boys, and STACEY, 7, and DORREN, 8.

Waterloo Daily Courier Iowa 1964-12-20