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Brooklyn, NY Tenement Fire, Nov 1904

TWELVE DIE IN FIRE.

Smothered before they could reach the rear fire escape in a burning tenement building in the Williamsburg district of Brooklyn, N. Y., twelve persons met death shortly before 2 o'clock Sunday morning. Two entire families, those MARANIO TRIOLO and CHARLES POLOGNIO, are wiped out, the last living member of each being now in a hospital, with no hope of their recovery.

The Iowa Recorder, Greene, IA 30 Nov 1904

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EIGHT HURT IN BROOKLYN FIRE.

Three Women, One Holding a Baby, Fall from Third Story to Street.

Three women were probably fatally hurt and five firemen were injured severely in a blaze that destroyed two buildings in Brooklyn, N. Y. Three upper floors were occupied by three families, consisting of fifteen persons. The flames spread upward so quickly that when the sleeping tenants were aroused by the smoke and crackling flames they found all escape by the stairways had been cut off. Bella Hill, Florence Seabrook and Hetta Richardson, all of whom lived on the fourth floor, made their way down one story and out on to a cornice. Mrs. Seabrook had her baby in her arms. The cornice gave way beneath the combined weight of the women and they were thrown to the ground. Mrs. Seabrook clasped the infant to her bosom in such a way that when she struck the sidewalk the little one escaped injury. The women were hurriedly carried to a hospital, where their injuries were pronounced fatal. Eight families, comprising thirty-four persons, escaped or were rescued from the building adjoining that in which the flames started. In the work of rescue two of the firemen hurt fell from a ladder two stories above the street.

The Iowa Recorder, Greene, IA 30 Nov 1904

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