Elmsford, NY house fire, Apr 1947


By The Associated Press

ELMSFORD, N. Y., April 7 - Four children were burned to death today in a fire which destroyed their home.

Mrs. George Brown, mother of three of the victims, was awakened shortly after 5 a. m. by flames. Patrolman John McMahon said she did not receive an answer from the telephone operator when she tried to call the fire department, rushed outside and sent in an alarm from a fire box.

The telephone strike became effective here at 6 a. m., but William O'Connor, telephone company manager, said sufficient supervisory personnel was on duty at the time to give normal service, particularly because of the low volume of calls at that hour.

The alarm was turned in at 6:10 a. m., and the firemen responded within several minutes.

The children, trapped on the second floor, were unable to escape because screens had been nailed to the windows, McMahon saidl.

Dr. Amos O. Squire, Westchester county medical examiner, identified the dead as James Brown, 3; his brother George, 6, his sister, Barbara, 11, and a cousin who lived with them, Margaret Mahoney, 17.

The Marion Star, Marion, OH 7 Apr 1947