Cazenovia, NY Junior College Fire, Mar 1947

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Cazenovia, (UP) -- The death toll in the spectacular pre-dawn fire which destroyed a section of the Cazenovia Junior college rose to two today with the death of MRS. ANNE O'LEARY
of Boonville, a domestic at the institution.
MRS. O'LEARY, 70, was one of three other employes who leaped from a fourth story window of the burning school trying to escape the flames.
Physicians said MRS. O'LEARY suffered a fractured skull in the jump. Another employe, MRS. MARY HUGHES, also was injured leaping from the building.
MRS. CLARENCE FUNK, 68, of Erieville, an employe was killed instantly when she jumped from a fourth floor window.
Meanwhile, authorities continued their search for missing 19-year-old PHYLLIS WATSON, of Rochester, a freshman at the college.
Fear was expressed by authorities that the comely student perished in the flames, but the smouldering ruins of the dormitory where she lived prevented a full-scale search.

Dunkirk Evening Observer New York 1947-03-14