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Philadelphia, PA Gas Explosion In House, Dec 1951

FATHER, BABY DIE AS EXPLOSION RIPS PHILA. HOME.

Philadelphia, Penn. (UP) -- A father and his baby daughter were killed, two other members of the family were injured critically and a neighbor collapsed and died on the street today when a gas explosion and fire demolished one house and damaged nine others in Philadelphia.
VINCENT MALORINO, 28-year-old truck driver, and four-months-old LINDA were found burned to death in the wreckage of their South Philadelphia home.
MALORINO'S wife, SARAH, 31, was burned and suffered a fractured skull when she leaped from a window to escape flames. VINCENT, JR., was burned badly in the blast and fire which was believed due to a gas main leak.
ALPHONSO EZZI, 34, was running to help the MALORINOS when he fell dead to the street -- either from heart attack or asphyxiation.
The chain of tragic events started when a six-inch gas main in front of the MALORINO home snapped. There was a violent explosion which shattered windows in a wide area.
MALORINO shouted to his wife to "get the children." Then he ran for the baby while his wife got the boy. MRS. MALORINO told VINCENT, JR., to jump from the window with her but he remained in the burning house. Firemen found the bodies of MALORINO and the baby and rescued the boy.
A neighbor told police he had complained of gas odor in the area last Saturday. He said repairmen investigated but found no leak.
The explosion occurred one block from the scene of another gas blast in which three persons died 13 years ago.

Chester Times Pennsylvania 1951-12-04

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