New York, NY Tenement Fire Kills Six, May 1908

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DIED WITH HER CHILDREN.

An early morning fire in a four-story brick tenement at 17 Humboldt street, New York City, a thickly populated section of Brooklyn, caused the death of six persons and the serious injury of four others. Every member of one family, consisting of a mother and four children, are among the dead. There were many thrilling rescues by police and firemen, and it was due to their brave work that the death list was not larger. A half dozen or more persons who were trapped in the upper stories were saved by jumping into life nets.

The dead are:
MRS. DORA ABRAMS.
SADIE ABRAMS.
CARRIE ABRAMS.
ANNA ABRAMS.
CHARLES ABRAMS.
MRS. JENNIE COHEN.
The injured are:
MRS. MARY NOBLE.
MRS. AMEILIA HIRSCHBORN.
FANNIE HIRSCHBORN, who sustained severe burns.
ANNA HIRSCHBORN, who suffered a broken shoulder from jumping from a window into a life net.

The fire started in the cellar while the tenants were asleep. It had gained much headway before it was discovered, and three policemen, who arrived about this time, repeatedly risked their lives in taking persons from the lower floors. When the firemen came the fire had spread through the entire rear of the house, where the fire escapes were, and the terror-stricken inmates of the upper floors had been driven to the front rooms, where they were hanging from windows shrieking for help. Ladders and lifenets were quickly brought into use and most of the imperiled persons were thus rescued.
The ABRAMS family lived on the third floor. For some reason the flames swept through their apartments, so that the only way of escape was by jumping from the windows to the street.

The Indiana Progress Pennsylvania 1908-05-06