St Ambrose blzae of Dec 7 1944 - Hagerstown Herald 12-8-1944
BLAZE DEATH TOLL INCREASED TO FIVE Two More Victims of Bol- timort Firt Die in Hospitals Baltimore, Dec. 7 (fl 3 ) — The toll of the &t. Ambrose Parish Hall fire rose to six tonight with the deaths of two others who were at tending a card and bingo party when the quick-spreading blaze engulfed the frame building. Meanwhile, police and firemen continued their investigation of last night's tragedy which led to injuries of more than 60 others who were in the hall. Fourteen were still in hospitals. The latest to die were Miss Laura Woodward, 45, and John C. Sullivan, 63. Both succumbed to burns Two badly burned bodies found just outside the main entrance were identified by relatives as those of Mrs. Emma Sachs, 40, and Mrs. Rosa Poessnecker, 04. They were at first believed to be the bodies of a man and a woman. The first identified victim was Mrs. Ada Nixon, 53, who was burned and crushed in the scramble to get out. She died several hours later at "Union Memorial hospital. ' The sixth woman, Mrs. Mary A. Wise, 55, suffered a heart attack while watching the ffamos and died at her home a few minutes later.