Allentown, PA House Fire, Feb 1907
FIVE BURNED TO DEATH.
FATHER AND FOUR CHILDREN DEAD IN BLAZING HOME.
MOTHER RAN TO SUMMON AID.
BOILING OVER OF PAN OF FAT STARTED FIRE, AND FATHER DIED TRYING TO RESCUE THE CHILDREN -- FLAMES SPREAD RAPIDLY.
Allentown, Pa., Feb. 12. -- EDWIN W. REIDNAUER and his four children -- PERCY, aged 8; FANNIE, aged 6; PAULINE, aged 4, and ARTHUR, aged 2 years -- were burned to death in a fire which destroyed their home.
The boiling over of a pan of fat in a bakery which REIDNAUER conducted, and which adjoined his dwelling, started the fire. When the fire began the mother ran into the street to summon the firemen, leaving REIDNAUER to rescue the children, who were asleep in the upper portion of the house. The flames made rapid progress, and when MRS. REIDNAUER returned the destruction of her home was complete, into which she was prevented from hurling herself only by the greatest effort on the part of the firemen.
When the flames were extinguished REIDNAUER and the four children were found dead in a front room on the second floor. The father had been overcome and roasted to death with the youngest child, ARTHUR, in his arms.
REIDNAUER was 29 years old. His widow is prostrated and in a serious condition.
Tyrone Daily Herald Pennsylvania 1907-02-12