Philadelphia, PA Gas Explosion Home, Dec 1951


Philadelphia, Dec. 4. (AP) -- Fumes from a leaking gas main exploded into flame in a South Philadelphia home early today, killing two persons. A third person died of a heart attack while going to the aid of a mother and son who leaped from a second-floor window.
Killed by the explosion were VINCENT MALORINO, 28, and his 4-month-old daughter, LINDA. Their charred bodies were discovered on the second floor.
MRS. SARAH MALORINO, VINCENT'S wife, and their son, 6-year-old VINCENT, JR., suffered serious injuries in a successful leap to safety from the flaming, exploding gas. Both are in St. Agnes Hospital, MRS. MALORINO with head injuries and the boy with a possible hip fracture.
ALBERT IZZI, 34, a neighbor who lived a short distance away, was found in the street in front of the MALORINO home in his pajamas. Police said he died of a heart attack while attempting to drag MRS. MALORINO away from her burning home.
The blast blew out the entire front of the hours, and the second floor rear collapsed. Adjoining houses on either side were damaged by the explosion.

Long Beach Press Telegram California 1951-12-04