Thursday, July 16, 2009

Woman Killed When Dress Catches Fire

On July 16, 1938 in the morning hours, Mrs. Nancy Taylor, 53 of Norwood suffered fatal burns when her clothing was ignited while she was tenting a bon fire. Mrs. Taylor was visiting relatives in Orrstown when the incident occurred. Dr. Thomas White, Orrstown physician tore the burning clothing from the woman. She suffered severe burns about the face and head and less severe burns over most of her body. A call was made to Shippensburg for an ambulance but the caller asked for a fire engine instead. The Vigilant Hose Company responded but were held up before reaching the scene. A Chambersburg ambulance transported Mrs. Taylor to Chambersburg Hospital where she died later that day.

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