Philadelphia, PA Phoenix Pants Shirt & Overall Company Fire, Feb 1907

PHILADELPHIA’S $75,000 FIRE

Overall Factory Burns; All Employees Escape But One Man.

PHILADELPHIA, Feb 12 – A fire in which one man lost his life and several others had narrow escapes from death today damaged the five-story building at [illegible] South Third street, in the heart of the financial district. The building was occupied by the Phoenix Pants Shirt and Overall Company, and Dumee Sons & Co cotton brokers.

The flames started in the upper portion of the building occupied by the Phoenix company and cut off escape by means of the stairway of the employees 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 of employees among whom were a dozen girls safely reached an adjoining building. The one who failed was LOUIS DESKEVESKEY aged 26, who jumped or fell from the escape and was instantly killed. Several employes [sic] were injured but not seriously. The damage is estimated at $75,000.

Oakland Tribune, Oakland, CA 12 Feb 1907

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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.

The Washington Post, Washington, DC 13 Feb 1907