New Waterford, NS Tenement Fire, Jan 1949
9 CHILDREN, MAN DIE IN TENEMENT BUILDING FLAMES.
VICTIMS ARE TRAPPED AS OCCUPANTS FORGET TO TURN IN FIRE ALARM.
New Waterford, N. S. -- Nine children and a man died today in a tenement house fire that swept unchecked because occupants of the building, in their excitement, forgot to turn in a fire alarm.
By the time a neighbor a block away turned in an alarm, the ten victims were trapped in the blazing, two-story, wooden building. Fire department officials said some of the children might have been saved had firemen been called earlier.
The dead were EDWARD WISEMAN, his daughter, MARY, six, and the eight children of MR. and MRS. WILLIAM McKEIGAN. They were BARBARA ANN, three months; AGNES, four; FLORENCE, five; ALBERTA, nine; RUSSEL, ten; EARL, thirteen; GRETA, fifteen; and ELLA, seventeen.
The fire broke out shortly after five a.m. in the McKEIGAN home. MRS. McKEIGAN, who was preparing breakfast, roused her husband and their neighbor, WISEMAN.
The two men tried unsuccessfully to save the children, WISEMAN dying in the attempt.
Middletown Times Herald New York 1949-01-28