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New York, NY Apartment Fire, Dec 1913

Fireman Dies With Mother in Tenement Blaze

Sister of Flame Fighter Also Perishes When Apartment House is Destroyed

New York, Dec. 16. -- A city fireman, his mother and sister, were burned to death today in a fire which practically destroyed a five-story apartment building in which they lived at 266 Amsterdam avenue.

Flames which started in the basement spread so rapidly that the 50 occupants of the building found all its exits cut off when aroused by the arrival of the firemen. Thrilling rescues were effected from the third and fourth story windows, but seven persons were injured by the flames or by jumping to the street.

Thomas J. McManus, on 24 hours' leave from the fire station in the vicinity, was at home with his mother, Mrs. Mary McManus, and his sister Mary. All three were trapped and the fireman's station mates were unable to reach them. One of them, Michael O'Sullivan was probably fatally injured by falling from a ladder while trying to make his way to McManus' rooms. The loss is about $25,000.

Reno Evening Gazette, Reno, NV 16 Dec 1913

article | by Dr. Radut