READY TO ROLL AT PATERSON RIVERSIDE STATION - PHOTO BY DR. THOMAS DAYSPRING

READY TO ROLL AT PATERSON RIVERSIDE STATION - PHOTO BY DR. THOMAS DAYSPRING

Friday, June 19, 2009

FAMILY LOST - 1975

Hartford Courant, March 29, 1975

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) -- Three children and their grandmother, who authorities say were just yards away from safety, have died in an apartment fire here.
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Editor's Note: Your editor was a teenage volunteer at the Greater Paterson General Hospital in Wayne when one or two of the fire victims, covered in soot, arrived at the emergency room in cardiac arrest. I remember that one of the firemen was still donned in his turnout gear at the hospital. The emergency room smelled of smoke. As I recall hearing it, some of the victims sought refuge under a bed.