Belleville, IL Many Die In House Fire, Mar 1926
FATHER AND SIX CHILDREN DEAD AS HOME BURNS.
ORIGIN OF ILLINOIS FIRE IS A MYSTERY.
MOTHER AND BABE SAFE.
ONLY INFANT UNINJURED HOWEVER -- MOST VICTIMS TRAPPED ON SECOND FLOOR.
Belleville, Ill., May 4. -- (AP) -- JOHN HAAS, 45, and six of his children, were burned to death in a fire which destroyed their home here early today. MRS. HAAS, another son and a three months old baby were severely burned in escaping from the building.
The dead are:
JOHN HAAS, 45, a miner.
VERNELL HAAS, 9, a daughter.
MARGUERITE HAAS, 7, a daughter.
ELEANOR HAAS, 6, a daughter.
RAYMOND HAAS, 4, a son.
IRENE MALONE, 17, a daughter of HAAS' wife by a former marriage.
BILLY MALONE, 14, a son of HAAS' wife by a former marriage.
MRS. HAAS, about 45.
OLIVER HAAS, 3 months.
MORTON MALONE, 19.
According to MRS. HAAS' story the father arose shortly before 5 o'clock to start a fire in the kitchen stove. He poured some liquid, believed to be gasoline, over the fuel used, and returned to bed.
MRS. HAAS, sleeping on the first floor with RAYMOND and the baby, awakened later to find the house in flames. She was unable to rescue RAYMOND, but saved the baby. Her burns are serious but the baby is not hurt.
MR. HAAS with six others were trapped on the second floor. It is thought that all on the floor, with the exception of MR. HAAS and MORTON, were overcome by smoke while asleep. MORTON, severely burned, leaped from the window while the body of MR. HAAS was found near a window.
Some neighbors declare they heard an explosion prior to the fire but others say no explosion occurred.
HAAS perished in an effort to warn the children after he had assisted his wife and the baby from the house, the widow said. She said they smelled smoke twenty minutes after HAAS started the fire in the kitchen stove.
"My husband tried to go through the kitchen," she said, "but found it filled with flames. The front door was locked and he threw open a window. He helped me to the porch, handed me the baby and then said he was going to call the children. That was the last I saw of him."
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