Erie, Pa., Fireman Dies While Fighting Fire

Issue 11 and Volume 113.

Erie, Pa., Fireman Dies While Fighting Fire Stephen J. Romance, Jr., 41, an Erie, Pa., fireman, died while fighting a warehouse fire early on October 10. The deputy coroner said that all indications were that Romance died of a heart attack. On learning of his son’s death, the father, Stephen J. Romance, Sr., also suffered a heart attack. The fire department’s inhalator squad worked over him for 30 minutes. He remained at home after treatment. Deputy Chief John Fitzgerald, who directed the fire fighting operatioas, said the warehouse blaze was apparently started by a bonfire in the rear of the building, which spread to the side and eventually climbed to the roof. He theorized that the bonfire was started by vagrants, who frequently have made this area a hangout. The fire caused total damage of $16,000.

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