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Philadelphia, PA Lodging House Fire, Dec 1946

LODGING HOUSE FIRE DISASTER TAKES 6 LIVES.

SLUMS CLEARING MOVE FAVORED.

Philadelphia, Dec. 19. -- (AP) -- A fire which caused six deaths in a 20 and 35 cents-a-night lodging house led a city official to declare today that only slums clearing the modern housing developments can insure against such disasters.
Fire broke out last night in the south Philadelphia lodging house known as "Abe's Hotel." Five Negroes perished last night and another died this morning. Forty others were injured as about 100 partially-clad persons fled into subfreezing temperatures outside.
Fire Chief GEORGE GALLAGHER said he was unable to determine immediately cause of the blaze that swept through frame cubicles and dormitories in which the men slept. He added a preliminary investigation showed no violation of fire laws.
CHARLES A. GILL, acting chief engineer of the fire bureau, declared "lodging houses with cubicles, such as the one in last night's fire are the headache of every big city fire department."
"The only answer to this situation," he added, "is slum clearing and modern housing developments."
The fire chief continued the search for a man who ran into the lodging house at 10 o'clock last night shouting "fire" and then ran out again.
After the man left, panic spread quickly through the establishment as thick clouds of smoke filled the five-story structure. Many guests fled to the top floor and one man leaped, suffering serious injuries.
Late today Police identified the victims. All listed as residents of the lodging house for more than a year, they were:
WILLIAM GLEVES.
WILLIE PRICE.
HERMAN WINES.
HERMAN MIMS.
ANTONIO ANDRE.
CHARLES JONES.
All the above were Negroes.
GALLAGHER said the establishment operated by ABRAHAM ALLANELL of Atlantic City, N. J., rented rooms at 20 and 35 cents per night.

The Morning Herald Uniontown Pennsylvania 1946-12-20

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