William Taylor Bradford

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Early Morning Blaze Endangers Lives Of 10; One Family Trapped Tragedy visited Taylor at an early hour Saturday morning and sorrow could be plainly seen on the faces of those who watched Taylor firemen fight a mean fire, knowing that a little girl was trapped on the upper floor of the burning building. The fire which narrowly missed taking the lives of two families was a blazing inferno when the fire department arrived. Beverly June Sanders one of three children of Mr and Mrs. Arnold Joe Sanders was the little girl who lost her life when the home of her parents parents and Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Glaser Glaser at 724 West Eighth street burned. The tragedy was all the more impressive because the mother and father of the little girl watched the blaze hoping against hope for a possible chance that their little daughter might be rescued. But it was plain to all that there was not MINISTERS PLEAD AID FOR FAMILY Taylor was stricken as the news of the tragedy spread on the streets Saturday and help for the Sanders family was . quickly offered. . Many gave money with which the family will be able to buy new clothing, and Dr. W. V. Snider, president of the Taylor Taylor Ministerial Association, asked that the Press announce offerings at all churches Sunday, Sunday, for the stricken people. A furnished apartment is needed for both families and anyone knowing of one has been asked to contact R. L. Harkey. a chance because flames had already swept the upper rooms even before the fire department arrived. Family Trapped The fire was reported at 12:15 a. m. Saturday. Mr. and Mrs. Sanders, who were sleeping on the upper floor, awoke to find themselves choking In a suffocating suffocating smoke. They discovered they were cut off from the stairway stairway and took the next best means of escape, which was to crash through a front window and lower themselves to the roof of the front porch. Mr. Sanders was carrying the baby son in his arms and Mrs. Sanders had a little girl by each hand as she led them to Cold Wave Moves In On Stnte By Aniwriitid Pmi Accompanied by freezing rain — which has harried Texas previously previously this winter—a cold wave (he window. But Beverly June in the excitement broke away and ran back into the dense smoke. When Mr. Sanders discovered discovered the little girl missing he dashed back into the blinding blinding smoke but could not locate her. W. T. Bradford, V. E, Boyd and Lynn Davis, neighbors, assisted the family down from the roof, using a ladder from the Bradford home. Mr. Davis said that he investigated investigated chances of going in search of the little girl, but found without without a gas mask it would have meant suffocation from the dense smoke. Mr. Sanders in an attempt to reach his small daughter, broke a window giaas and in so doing severed an artery artery in the arm. The Sanders family is confined confined at the Johns Clinic suffering suffering from shock and other injuries. Glaser Family Escapes Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Glaser, lived in the other part of duplex and had bedrooms downstairs, downstairs, awoke to find their root in flames and he said that few minutes more would have meant death to them too. He carried his two children from the burning home but was unable unable to save any of the household household effects. Luke Darrell, first assistant fire chief, said Saturday that the home was enveloped In flames when the department was called and that it would have been impossible to ente any part of the building. The cause of the fire Is undetermined undetermined but it is believed to have started in the downstairs front room. The home belonged to Dr. J. K. McWhorter, who said tl loss was partially covered insurance. Funeral In Dallas Funeral services for the littl Sanders girl will be held in Dal las. The remains are at the Cc Funeral home and will be to Dallas today where sei are pending. Burial will be the Laurelland cemetery in Dal las. Beverly June Sanders born January 15, 1945 in Dal las. Besides her parents is survived by one sister, Di Elaine Sanders, a brother, Stej hen Thacher Sanders and he grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. B. Thacher of Dallas and H. Sanders of Waco.

Clipped from The Taylor Daily Press13 Feb 1949, SunPage 1

The Taylor Daily Press (Taylor, Texas)13 Feb 1949, SunPage 1
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