Chicago Tribune from Chicago, Illinois on December 4, 1958 · 3
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Chicago, Illinois
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Thursday, December 4, 1958
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' 7 ' ' I r It , ? ? . " " ' J? . . . ,. : . !; "J , ' ' -. , -f - - ' i;7 ; - ' I1! ... . i Excitement glitters . , for holiday evenings, the provocative shimmer of light or dark gold. Woven of non-tarnishable turex metallic thread in a silhouette you'll love. 8 to 16. 22.95 700 N. MICHIGAN AVENUE CHICAGO OAK PARK' IVANSTON EVERGREEN PLAZA PALM BEACH our best ads aren't written they're worn n-Rixon complete stores for men Open Every Night 'til Christmas 230 S. State 1301 Mllwaukta 4824 Broadway 4046 N. Cicero Oak Park ' Roseland Woodmar Old Orchard Lake Mtadowt ARMY EXPERTS ON BURNS JOIN FIRE DOCTORS City Acts to Avert New Tragedy As city officials took precautions Wednesday to prevent a future tragedy similar to Monday's fire in the Our Lady of the Angels school, 909 N. Avers av., a team of army experts on severe burns was being sent here from Brooke hospital, Fort Sam Houston, Tex., to help treat 71 survivors still in hospitals. Fourteen of the victims are in critical condition. The army experts, Col. Edward H. Vogel and Lt. Col. Wilford T. Tumbusch, will con sult with physicians in the four hospitals where the survivors were taken. Volunteer to Help Msgr. John W. Barrett, Catholic archdiocesan, director of hospitals, said they volunteered to come here to give whatever help they could to the suffering youngsters and to study the mass civilian casualty. Eighty-seven pupils and three nuns died, in the fire Monday. As city officials made plans to enact regulations and laws for greater-safety measures in schools, James Raymond, 43, janitor of the school that burned, expressed the opinion the fire " must have been done by a human hand." ' " If one of the kids did start the fire, you can bet your life it wasn't on purpose," he told a , reporter from his bed in Garfield Park hospital. He is recovering from a loss of blood, incurred when his wrists were cut as he tried to rescue pupils. ' He said he hadn't been able to eat since the fire, and would not return to work there because " I couldn't possibly work alongside the memories of those few horrible minutes and their aftermath." " We will make sure it can never happen again," said Mayor Daley as various investigations of the fire continued. " All the facilities of the city will be thrown into this." Tells Safety Aims Building Commissioner George Ramsey said the city code should be changed to eliminate fire hazards in older school buildings. Safety measures he said he probably would recommend when Coroner Walter McCarron convenes an inquest at 10 a. m. Dec. 10 in the auditorium of the Prudential building are: Enclosure of stairways, J sprinkler systems, thoro in- a. ii a- i a 1 specuens mai mciuae geuing at the inner construction of walls and ceilings, compart mentalizing attic space to pre vent rapid spread of 'smoke and flame, and automatic Hunt Ransom Hoax Sadist in Pupil Deaths Claims Two Live I (Chtragn Batttj GJrifcutt Thursday, December 4, 1958 F Parti Page 3 and Demands $50,000 In a cruel sequel to the fire at Our Lady of the Angels school, a sadistic prankster telephoned the parents of two dead children Wednesday demanding $25,000 ransom for the " safe " return of each. The calls were received at the homes of Mr. and Mrs. Stanislaw Cichocki, 950 N. Ridgeway av., and Vito Filip-ponio, 527 N. Hamlin av. Later Admit, They're Ours " At the time of the calls, the parents were at the county Lucille Filipponio left and Ber-nlce Cichocki. morgue trying not to believe that the charred and distorted bodies they had viewed were those of their children. But by late afternoon, the They Died in School Fire --'V J lit " & II .1 --. I, 1 j" i 3k BUMAHfttllHMtf -v'M Diana Marie Santaugelo left and Angeline Kainowski. Joseph Modica left, Lawrence Grasso, and Mary Ellen Fettenon. Cichockis and the Filipponios told police and priests, " Yes; they are ours." Lucille Filipponio, 8, was a fourth grader at the school, and Bernice Cichocki, 12, was in the seventh grade. Rendezvous a Vacant Lot Now, the bodies of all of the 87 pupils who died when fire swept the Catholic elementary school, at 909 Avers av. Mon day have been identified. Three nuns also perished and James Moravec, Eileen . Pawlik, center, and Mary Ellen Fettenon. Carolyn Perry, James Rogona center, and Edward Pikinski. their bodies have been identified. The telephone prankster talked to Mrs. Katherine Zdeb, of 2635 W. 55th st, who was baby sitting at the Cichocki home, and said: "Bernice is alive. If you want her, bring $25,000 to 5520 W. Diversey av." This message also was telephoned to relatives staying at the Filipponio home. Homicide detectives found an empty lot at the Diversey avenue address and searched ' If AM I GO, THE BURRO YALET Solve your Christ, mas problem by giving him this ingeniously designed valet to keep, your dresser clean, and provide a place for all his pocket contents. Made of sturdy plastic. $3.50 MEDALLION Give him this luxurious man's jewelry case that will hold 8 pairs of cuff links, all his tie clips and collar bars. Plenty of room for his watch and odds and ends. Black or brown with contrasting velvet interiors. Emblazoned with gleaming golden sunburst. $3.95 For Your CfirJsfmcrs "Knights JftI Come In, Shop by Mail or Phone HA 7-6500 1 1 BENSOH RIXON, 230 S. Stat.. Chicago 4, III. C.O.D ' Pitas send m th following Swank Itemsi 25c EXTRA I 1 1 I I II QUANTITY COLOR PR1C1 Hams.. Address City Zon. ....... Stat.........,...... Q Cheek Enclosed QCharq to My Account Q C.O.D. 25e Extra lllinoit Resident pleas add S Retailer Occupational Tax. T-lt-i hatches to discharge smoke and heat in the event of fire. Will Call Top Officials The insurance building auditorium will be used because the city council chambers are not available. McCarron said he will call in top city, county, and state officials in his investigation. The Chicago chapter of American Institute of Architects placed the services of its disaster committee at the service of city officials in helping make a "thoro and conclusive investigation with recommendations to prevent re-occurence of this calamity." Ramsey exploded a widely circulated report that the rapid spread of the fire up a stairwell was caused by an open door leading from the stairwell into the second floor, where the damage was great-; est and the fire was the worst. Lack of Fire Door There was no fire door leading from the stairwell into the second floor corridor, said Ramsey. His investigation showed that there was a large arch, but no safety door to check any flames or smoke. Fire Commissioner Robert J. Quinn said he sincerely believes that there was rubbish at the bottom of the staircase in the northeast section of the two story brick building, and "that is where the fire started." " We have not ruled out ar son, but there is a possibility that a discarded cigaret or match was the cause," he said. "It is something we may never know." He planned to requestion the janitor. Raymond already has been questioned intensively by Lt. James E. Kehoe, head of the fire department's arson bureau, and has denied that there was any rubbish at the bottom of the stairwell. Lt. Kehoe told Quinn that despite Raymond's denial there was a metal drum under the stairs. It was learned from school officials the drum was there so teachers could dispose of waste. They told Lt. Kehoe that Raymond was supposed to empty the drum every Tuesday. Lt. Kehoe ruled out any possibility the fire might have started in baskets of trash taken to the basement by pupils on orders of the teach ers. He said the area where they dumped the trash was next to a small incinerator in the boiler room, and that area was not involved in the fire. Brown has asked officials of the school to provide a list of all boys who left classrooms after 2 p. m. The fire first was noticed about 2:40 p. m. The last two boys to reach the basement with trash said the janitor ran into the boiler room and shouted for them to call the fire department. The fire tragedy sparked the board of education of Chicago's public schools into sending out notices to all schools on rules covering fire inspections. The impact with which the staggering loss of life in the fire hit the rest of the country became apparent with the ar rival here of fire chiefs and marshals from various cities. They want to find out any thing they can from the fire to prevent similar catastro- phies in their own cities. Fire Marshal Martin Scott of New York City and his dep uty for fire prevention, Thomas J. Hartnett, and Fire Marshal Matthew H. McNally of Detroit are here for the investigation. Fire offi cials are scheduled to arrive from Miami, St. Louis, San Francisco, and other large cities. Police and fire department investigators were joined by private investigators from in surance companies, including representatives of the Na tional Board of Fire Under writers. Most of the private in vestigators agreed that the fire started under a stairwell in the northeast corner of the building. the neighborhood for the prankster. "It's the gruesome prank of a twisted mind," said Detective Robert J. Lane. "It's the lowest form of prank." Accept Dental Evidence Mr. and Mrs.' Cichocki and Mr. and Mrs. Filipponio, who had insisted that the bodies at the morgue were not those of their daughters, accepted the assurances of dentists and physicians that the teeth in the charred bodies matched he dental charts of the two bodies. Mr. and Mrs. Cichocki hesi tated to claim the body of the remaining victim because of nail polish the mother had never seen her daughter use. Earlier Wednesday, the body of Diane Marie Santan gelo, 9, of 527 N. Hamlin av., was identified thru dental charts. 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