New York City, NY West Side Tenement Fire, Mar 1942

3 BURNED IN BLAZE TODAY.

MOTHER LEAPS FROM WINDOW WITH BABY IN HER ARMS.

New York, March 7 - (AP) - At least three persons were burned to death early today in a tenement fire on the lower West Side and an undetermined number were injured.
Seven persons were taken to St. Vincent's Hospital.
Firemen said they were unable to determine immediately whether any more persons were trapped in the four-story building located at 239 West 16th Street.
First reports were that the flames started on the first floor and quickly ate their way upward through the old structure.
A mother leaped out of a second story window with her baby in her arms and both were injured seriously.
Police tentatively identified two of the dead as MRS. BETTY HASARA, 22, and her eight-month-old daughter LUCILLE. The third body was burned so badly immediate identification was impossible.
Police and firemen were unable immediately to determine the cause of the fire.
Two other persons died during the early morning hours in separate house fires in Brooklyn. They were JOHN BETKIVOUS, 65, and FANNY LORCH, 50.

Wilkes-Barre Times Leader Pennsylvania 1942-03-07