Auburn, ME Nursery Fire, Jan 1945
Flames Roared Through House.
"The flames just roared through the house," she said, describing the fire. "The rooms were full of fire." MRS. STEWART, awakened by MISS TANGUAY'S screams, roused her husband, an Auburn Fire Department lieutenant, who telephoned fire headquarters with the alarm.
MISS LORRAINE THIBAULT saw flames from her nearby porch and ran to the blazing building.
"I talked with some friends," she related. "Everyone's out,' they told me. I happened to see two women standing across the street, near the house. They were dressed in night clothes. I recognized MRS. LORETTA FOURNIER (a home employee) and MRS. EVA LACOSTE. When I crossed over to them I noticed that MRS. LACOSTE had on a bathrobe, but that MRS. FOURNIER was just in a night-dress and slippers."
"Anybody in there? I asked, and they turned to me slowly."
"Babies," they said. I couldn't say anything. I started to feel sick. For the first time I noticed that those two women were completely dazed."
"Babies?' I repeated, and one of the women answered, 'Fourteen of them."
"A woman came running up to me. It was MRS. (LUCIEN) FOLSY."
"What happened?' she shouted."
"Fourteen babies have been burned,' I said.
"MRS. FOLSY screamed, 'My baby was in that house.'"
MRS. FOLSY'S one-year-old daughter, JOANNE, was among those saved.
"A minute later, I met a man running to the fire," MISS THIBAULT continued. "He grabbed me too."
"My God,' the man said, 'my daughter's baby is in that house."
"I went home," MISS THIBAULT said. "I couldn't stand any more."
Augusta Infants Believed To Be Among Fire Victims.
Auburn, Me., Jan. 31 - (AP) - The dead and those who escaped or were rescued in the LACOSTE baby boarding house fire today:
ROSE COTE, 54, Lewiston, an employee, and her son, ROBERT, 5.
CAROL LAROCHELLE, 3 months, daughter of WILFRED LAROCHELLE, Lewiston.
DIANA THIBODEAU, 6 months, daughter of MRS. CHRISTINE THIBODEAU, Lewiston.
DIANE SAVARD, 6 months, adopted daughter of MR. AND MRS. EPHREME ROBICHAUD, Lewiston.
CARMEN SIROIS, 6 months, daughter of Pvt. And MRS. RUPERT R. SIROIS, Lewiston.
VICTOR ROY, one year son of MR. AND MRS. PHILLIP ROY, Auburn.
KENT BOUCHER, 8 months, son of MR. AND MRS. AMOS BOUCHER, Auburn.
JACQUELINE GUENETTE, 8 months, daughter of MR. AND MRS. JOSEPH GUENETTE, Lewiston.
LOUISE BEAUDOIN, 9 months, daughter of MR. AND MRS. LUCIEN BEAUDOIN of Providence, R. I.
YVETTE MESERVIER, 19 months, daughter of MR. AND MRS. ALPHONSE MESERVIER, Lewiston.
ROBERT ESLIN, 3, adopted son of MR. AND MIRS. FELICITE ESLINE, of Lewiston.
FRANCES FERGUSON, ward of MR. AND MRS. L. F. McNEIL, 192 Maple Street, Bangor.
CONSTANCE THEBERGE, 13 months, (Believed to be from Augusta).
RONALD AND GERALD LANDERVILLE, twins, 8 months, sons of MR. AND. MRS. ALBERT LANDERVILLE, Lewiston.
ARNOLD WIDEMAN, JR., son of MR. AND MRS. ARNOLD WIDEMAN, Lewiston.
Escaped or rescued:
MRS. EVA LACOSTE, operator of the home, and her three sons, LAURENT, 14, NORMAN, 6, and GUY, 9,
MISS BLANCHE TANGUAY, practical nurse and sister of MRS. LACOSTE.
MRS. LORETTA FOURNIER, an employee, of Lewiston, and her daughter, CECILIA, 17 months.
JOANNE FOLSY, one year daughter of MR. AND MRS. LUCIEN FOLSY of Auburn.
Daily Kennebec Journal Maine 1945-02-01