Deep Creek, WA House Fire Kills Four, Aug 1951
FOUR CHILDREN BURN TO DEATH.
Spokane, Aug. 14. -- (AP) -- Four children of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Brotherton died in a fire that flashed through the family home at Deep Creek, 11 miles west of here, early today.
The parents, who were away when the fire broke out, returned a few minutes after the alarm was turned in to find their home leveled, Sheriff Ralph Smith reported.
The Brothertons' oldest child, MARGIE, 11, was awakened shortly after midnight by the crackling of flames in the two-story frame building, but too late to save her brothers and sisters: DONNA JEAN, 8; JERRY, 5, and twins, JoANN and LARRY, JR., 6.
"I could hardly breathe for the smoke and heat of the flames," MARGIE told the sheriff. "I tried to get my sister, but the fire made me run outside to the neighbors.
They came back and tried to get into the house to save the children, but none of us could."
Cause of the blaze was not known. Mrs. Brotherton was hospitalized for treatment of shock.
Daily Chronicle Centralia Washington 1951-08-14