Elderkin Fire- North Adams Transcript, Saturday, Oct. 13, 1962
Four Die in Blazing House SEEKON'K. Mass. (API Four persons were killed enrly today when fire gutted a I'3 story wood frame house. The liou.se wfls occupied by Mr. and Mrs. James Elderkni. (heir four adult children and n grandchild. Dead are the three Elderkin brothers and their sister. They are Harold, 33, Charles. 36, Robert, 26, and Mildred, 2!). The father, James, 7(i. is listed in critical condition at Pawtucket Memorial Hospital. In fair condition condition at the hospital are his wife, Annie, 64. and a grandson. Anthony Viera, 1- r i. Dr. James M. Shamey. assistant assistant Bristol County medical examiner, listed cause of death of all lour victims as asphyxiation asphyxiation from smoke inhalalion. Lt. John Monsour, of the state fire marshal's office, said the fire apparently was caused by an explosion explosion in a combination oil heating heating and cooking stove. Monsour said Mrs. Elderkin apparently apparently awoke about 3 a.m. and went downstairs and lit the slove. She had just gone back upstairs when .she heard an explosion. The woman ran from the house .screaming for help.