July 8, 1948
FIREMEN TAKE WOMAN FROM FIRE ESCAPE
One person narrowly escaped serious injury or death and two rooms of
a third floor apartment were gutted in a fire Monday morning at 11th
and Iowa streetsMrs. Toma told Fire Chief Thomas C. Hickson that
she was awakened shortly after 5 a. m. Monday by smoke and heat that
seemed to come from the living room of her four-room flat.
She immediately made her exit through her bedroom window which opened
onto a fire escapebut not before her hair was singed and her nightgown
caught on fireShe ripped the flaming garment off her body
she said and waited on the escape until firemen rescued her.
Many is the rookie who was mesmerized by the tale of this rescue.
Firemen rushing with ladders, falling over each other, in a rush to
rescue this fair damsel in distress. I learned of this rescue from Captain
William Phil Badger. Assistant Chief Kemps and Chief Kemps
driver, FEO Jack Lepsch, confirmed the story. ~ The Author