Washington, DC Home Fire Kills Seven, Apr 1935

SEVEN ASPHYXIATED IN WASHINGTON HOME.

FIVE NEGRO CHILDREN INCLUDED IN GROUP - FAULTY FLUE CAUSES BLAZE.

Washington, April 12 - (AP) - Seven negroes, five of them children, were asphyxiated in their sleep when a fire destroyed their home early today.
The dead are:
ROSS CROMWELL, 38.
MAUDE CROMWELL, 25.
EDWARD CROMWELL, 12.
JAMES ROBINSON, 8.
AGNES ROBINSON, 7.
FREDERICK TAYLOR, 5.
and RANDALL TAYLOR, 3.
CHARLES JOHNSON, 28, who was a roomer on the second floor of the three-story structure on Columbia Road, told police he smelled smoke, then carried his mother through flames to safety before turning in the alarm.
Firemen carried the seven dead from the house and took them to a hospital, where efforts to revive them failed. Although the bodies were burned, asphyxiation was given as the cause of death.
The fire was said to have started from a faulty flue in the kitchen on the first floor.

Cumberland Evening Times Maryland 1935-04-12