Merritt, MI House Fire, Mar 1968


Merritt, Mich. (UPI) - A predawn fire Friday killed seven children in a small frame house near this crossroads village in the pine country of northern Michigan.
Two women, mothers of the victims, and two children escaped.
State Police and Missaukee County sheriff's deputies had not determined the cause of the fire.
MRS. VICKI HALL, 34, separated from her husband, and MRS. DAWN SNYDER, 34, whose husband was on the road for a moving company, were sleeping in an upstairs bedroom when the fire broke out.
MRS. HALL grabbed her infant daughter, PATRICIA, and her son, MIKE, 2, and groped her way down stairs through the smoke. She told police the boy darted into a kitchen and was engulfed in flames. She could not reach him and was forced to leap through a nearby window, carrying her infant, to escape.
MRS. SNYDER and her oldest son, LOUIS, 13, fled the upstairs bedroom through windows.
Dead in the flames were four of the SNYDER children, DANNY, SUSAN, REX, and FERN, who ranged in age from 5 to 12, and three of the HALL children, DEBRA, 6, TAMMY, 4, and MIKE, the boy who broke away from his mother.

Hartford Courant Connecticut 1968-03-02