Norristown, PA House Fire, Dec 1917
AGED NORRISTOWN WOMAN DIES IN BLAZING HOME
Norristown, Pa., Dec. 31.---Mrs. Ellen Van Fossen, one of the oldest residents of Norristown, was burned to death today at her home, where she lived with a son, Howard, a Norristown merchant.
In his absence she attempted to light a lamp, and set fire to her clothing. When smoke was seen issuing from the house neighbors found the 86-year-old woman lying in the midst of the flames. The fire department extinguished the flames.
Wilkes-Barre Times, Wilkes-Barre, PA 31 Dec 1917