Leadership

At Christmas…death takes no holiday!

Issue 11 and Volume 113.

At Christmas…death takes no holiday! LAST YEAR 43 persons died as a result of fire during the three-day Christmas holiday and 63 perished over New Year’s. Not all of these deaths can be attributed to “Christmas fire hazards.” Some of them, however, were the direct result of hazards created in the home, or elsewhere, as part of the traditional observance of Christmas. For instance, a father and his two children perished in a dwelling fire in Waterbury, Conn., early on New Year’s morning. A fire department spokesman said the three-alarm fire started in a Christmas tree, apparently from a defective string of lights. The following day, five children and an adult narrowly escaped a similar fate when they were trapped in their burning two-family home in Brooklyn, N. Y. However, a passerby, seeing flame and smoke pouring out of all windows, dashed in and up the stairs, and tossed three…

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