IN AN OLD HOTEL|
The Rushville Times,
Thursday, January 19, 1956.
Pulaski VanOrder, 82,
Dies From Critical Burns in Fire Here Friday
Fire which broke out
suddenly in the S.P. Weinberg tenant house on North Liberty street early
Friday evening resulted in critical burns to Pulaski VanOrder, 82, in whose
quarters the fire started, and also caused heavy damage to the two-story
Quick action by Don
Sinnock, who discovered the fire as he was leaving from work shortly before
5;30, averted an even greater loss. He noticed smoke pouring out
of the windows at the rear of the building where VanOrder lived.
He had seen VanOrder walking back to his quarters just a few minutes before.
Sinnock stopped his
car at once, instructed his wife to call the fire department, and entered
the front of the house. Smoke was too thick for breathing and Sinnock
could hear groans at the rear. He went across the alley for help
from Vassar Vancil, who was working in that building, and the two men entered
the VanOrder rooms through a window which they tore loose. Despite
the heavy smoke and heat, they located the injured man from his groans
and literally dragged him out through the window. It was obvious
that VanOrder was badly burned and he was given emergency treatment on
the scene by Dr. Russell Dohner and then rushed to the Culbertson Memorial
hospital where lived until early Saturday morning.
The Rushville fire department
answered the call promptly and had the towering flames as shown in the
picture under control in a matter of minutes. There was little wind
that evening and the bulk of the damage was confined to the rear of the
building. VanOrder was removed from the south side of the building
where the fire is shown to be most intense. The picture was taken
at the height of the fire. Damage to the rear of the building was
An Explosion from an
undetermined source occurred during the early stages of the fire and blew
out the window lights in the from of the downstairs rooms occupied by Mr.
and Mrs. John Trone, neither of whom was home at the time. The glass
from the explosion sprayed into the street but no one was injured.
The upstairs apartment in the front suffered little damage from the fire
and the tenant, Magnus Hanson, continues to live there. He also was
absent at the time of the fire.
The fireman worked over
the ruins for more than an hour and had returned to the firehouse when
another blaze broke out and they came back to the house shortly after 7
P.M. At 10:30 P.M. they were called for a third time when the bedding
and clothes in the from room started burning.
Although it is impossible
to determine the exact origin of the fire, it is believed that VanOrder
may have tried to use some fuel oil or kerosene in the stove. He
was badly burned about the face, hands, and chest.
Funeral services for
Mr. VanOrder were held Sunday at 1 P.M. at the Hardy Funeral chapel, the
Rev. LeRoy Cronkhite officiating. Burial was in the Rushville cemetery.
Andrew Pulaski VanOrder
was born March 6, 1873 in Bainbridge township, the son of Andrew and Nancy
On Feb. 9, 1899 he married
Rosa Jane Cathers, now deceased.
He is survived by two
sons, Frank and Jasper, of Peoria; a sister, Mrs. Clara Peacock, of Rushville
and a brother, Fred, of Peoria.