Three Dead at Brockton Poor Farm Fire

Three Dead at Brockton Poor Farm Fire

Three aged persons were killed and two more so seriously injured that they may die when fire swept the three-story frame dormitory of the City farm in Brockton, Mass. Seventy-five other inmates of the institution which housed the aged poor of the city made their escape, some being assisted down ladders and fire escapes. The flames orginated in the laundry.

The fire was discovered at 12:30 a. m. on February 11 by a cook who slept on the top floor. She smelled smoke and went downstairs to investigate. The fire had put the telephone, alarm box and electric wires in the building out of commission, and the alarm was delayed until San LaCrone, night orderly, was aroused and ran a half mile to reach an outside telephone.

Upon arrival of the first apparatus the building was enveloped in flames. Deputy Chief John Murphy at once ordered a second alarm, and when Chief F. F. Dickinson reached the scene he sounded a general alarm.

Charred Beds on Which Three Aged Inmates of the Poor Farm, Brockton, Mass., Were Found Dead

The efforts of the firemen were hampered by low water pressure. Fireman Fred Cournoyer and Patrolman Joseph McKenney were injured while at work at the fire, after participating in the rescue of several persons who were groping about in the smoke-filled hallways.

Commissioner Quinn of Montreal Dead—Thomas Emmett Quinn, of the Montreal Fire Commissioner’s Court, and well known in both business and sporting circles, died at his home after a short illness. He was fifty-two years old and had been in ill health for some time. For many years he was president of the National Hockey Association. He is survived by his widow, a daughter and two sons.

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