December 15, 1999 |
The owner of a warehouse site in Worcester, Mass., where six firefighters died battling a blaze, is offering the land for a permanent tribute. The six men died Dec. 3 while trying to save homeless people believed to be inside the burning building. The city is considering Ding On Kwan's offer, City Manager Thomas Hoover said, but Kwan must continue to remove the crumbling rubble.
December 12, 1999 |
The remains of three of the six firefighters killed in a huge warehouse blaze were found Saturday. The body of Paul A. Brotherton, 41, discovered about 9:30 p.m., was the sixth to be found. Officials said he and another firefighter had gone into the building Dec. 3 to search for homeless people, and family members believe it was his voice heard over the radio, crying out, "Mayday! Mayday! We're running out of air!"
December 11, 1999 |
Backhoes halted. Searchers combing through rubble for the remains of four firefighters ceased working. Families gathered in the pelting rain. At 6:13 p.m. Friday--a week to the moment that the first alarm summoned firefighters to a vacant warehouse where six would die--searchers and the families of those killed in the blaze paused for a minute of silence, which was followed by a bagpiper playing "Amazing Grace."
December 10, 1999 |
His name was Tim, a beefy Vietnam War veteran who rode a Harley and raised prize lilacs. Fifty-one-year-old Timothy Jackson had a screaming eagle tattoo on his shoulder, 27 years on the Worcester Fire Department and a face, friends said, like the Cowardly Lion from "The Wizard of Oz." But Jackson had courage in abundance: "He was a real brave kid," said Jim Cassos, a classmate from Worcester Boys Trade High School.
December 8, 1999 |
A homeless couple who allegedly knocked over a candle during an argument were charged with involuntary manslaughter Tuesday in connection with the warehouse blaze that killed six firefighters. Thomas S. Levesque, 37, and Julie S. Barnes, 19, had been living together on the second floor of the abandoned warehouse for several months, Dist. Atty. John J. Conte said. The Friday night fire ignited clothing and papers, Conte said.
December 6, 1999 |
Tim Jewell is a tough guy, a 50-year-old bartender who does not make a habit of displaying his emotions. On Sunday morning, in tears, Jewell told his wife, Kathy, that they should return all the Christmas presents they'd bought each other and give the money instead to the families of the six firefighters who died here Friday in a terrible warehouse blaze. "I'll be here next year," Jewell told Kathy. "They won't."