Beaver Falls, PA Apartment Fire, July 1984


Beaver Falls, Pa. (AP) -- Fire swept through a wooden apartment house Monday, killing a 62-year-old man, his son and two of his grandsons and injuring two women in the family, authorities said.
The blaze apparently began while a member of the family was cooking, according to officials.
Two of the survivors, DELORES HENRY, 51, and LORI HENRY, 27, were found on the ground outside, where they landed apparently after jumping from a second-story window, said a neighbor, Mike Mihalko.
After helping the woman up, Mihalko wrapped himself in a wet blanket and kicked open a door but was driven back by flames as he tried to reach one of the victims.
"I tried to save him but I couldn't," Mihalko said.
Beaver County Deputy Coroner Joseph Russo identified the dead as:
His son, HARRY HENRY, SR., 23.
and Harry Henry, Sr.'s, son, HARRY HENRY, JR.,
4 months.
TIMOTHY HERKO, 7, another grandson of Jemes Henry who had been staying with them in the apartment, also died, Russo said.
All four died at the scene from burns, Russo said.
DELORES HENRY, the grandmother, and LORI HENRY, Harry Henry, Sr.'s wife, were in serious condition at the Medical Center of Beaver Valley with burns, cuts and bruises.
MARY HENRY, youngest child of James and Delores Henry, was hospitalized for observation.
The fire erupted around 5 a.m. in the two-story frame building, a barn that had been renovated into apartments, Russo said.

Bedford Gazette Pennsylvania 1984-07-24