Clipped From The Bradford Era
violated State and 10 Die in Fireswept Frame Muskcgon, Mich -(^P)- Ten persons persons lost then lives yesteiday when an explosion and fire trapped them 111 then crowded, flimsy home The victims included a poverty- stuckeii mothei, eight of her 13 children and a roomei m the house They were among the 22 peisons who peiished yesterday in files aiound the nation and in Canada. Eight of the victims died in a flash fue in Halifax, Nova Scotia In a farmhouse blaze in New York State, four lost their lives The Michigan mother and her children were burned to death in the little resoit community of Lakewood, 12 miles north of heie. Then home, a ramshackle frame stiucture, went up in roaiing flames a few moments after a 1 stove exploded while Mrs Maude Clover, 46, was making breakfast The /youngest of her children weie still sleeping, the eldei ones crowded in the kitchen to When the flames struck, only m the family escaped--and their burns weie critical The victims -were identified as Mrs Clover; August Taskey, the "corner, about 65; Joan Clover, 15; Roger age unknow^ David, 9, Haiold, 10, James, T, Sandy, 6; Nancy, 5, and Clover, aged 3. Two older sons were in the kitchen Staggered by the blast and teiribly burned, 17-year-old Howard Clover broke a window and out his brother, Ward, 21. Although Ward was burned from head to foot and the clothing seared off his body he tried to erawl back into the house in a desperate escue attempt The first two arrivals at the scene fought him down, holding him until he -was carried away an ambulance At Hackley Hospital in Muskegon, physicians said Ward's condition was critical.