Philadelphia, PA Factory Fire, Feb 1907
ONE KILLED; NARROW ESCAPES.
FLAMES FORCE GIRLS AND MEN TO GO DOWN ICE-COVERED FIRE ESCAPE.
Philadelphia, Feb. 12. -- A fire in which one man lost his life and several other persons had narrow escapes from death today, seriously damaged the five-story building at 105 and 107 South Third Street. The flames started in the upper part of the building occupied by the Phoenix Shirt Company, and cut off the escape by means of the stairway of the employes working on the top floor, forcing them to use the fire escapes, which were covered with ice and snow.
With one exception, all of the two-score employes, among whom were a dozen girls, safely reached an adjoining building. The one who failed was LOUIS DESKEVSKEY, aged twenty-six years, who, in the excitement, either jumped or fell from the fire escape. He was instantly killed. Several of the employes were injured, but not seriously.
Washington Post District of Columbia 1907-02-13