Freehold, NJ House Fire, Nov 1956

3 Baby Girls Die in Blaze

FREEHOLD, N J. (AP)--Three girls burned to death last night when the covers on a crib caught fire in a one-room rural shack near here.

The bodies of the youngsters were removed from the ashes of the building early today some three hours after the blaze started on the property of their grandmother, Mrs. Bessie Clark, west of here.

The Negro girls--Cherden Lester, 3; her sister, Christine Lester, 2; and half-sister, Phillis Marble, 4--were the daughters of Mrs. Elizabeth Lester, 30, who came to live with Mrs. Clark about two weeks ago.

One of their brothers, Carl Lester, 8, came into the shack about 15 minutes after the others were put to bed, and, without realizing it, knocked a crib against a stove, police said.

The boy picked up some clothes and left, they said, and the bedding on the crib later ignited.

Abilene Reporter News, Abilene, TX 21 Nov 1956