12/07/14 382 W - + 10 - 3 Hose & Nozzle, 1972 - Five Perish in Wake County Fire

As best as records reveal, the two deadliest fires in Raleigh Wake County history occurred in 1948 and 1972. Five people were killed in both. The former occurred on February 1, 1948. We've blogged about that fire before. The latter happened in late on August 8, 1972. [Date from Montlawn Cemetery search, where the victims where buried.] Found this Hose & Nozzle story from their September-October 1972 issue. Looks likely as reprinted from the News & Observer or Raleigh Times. Readers may have more information.

Five Perish in Wake County Fire

RALEIGH, N.C. - Five members of a Wake County family died when fire partially gutted their brick home on Penny Road about six miles south of Raleigh.

H. O. Jordan, 41; his wife, Elizabeth B. Jordan, 35; the couple's two children, Lisa, 13, and Russell, 2, and Mrs. Jordan's mother, Mrs. Mary K. Bailey, 65, died of smoke and heat inhalation, according to Wake County Coroner Marshall Bennett.

Raleigh Fire Marshal Johnny Holmes, responding to a request from Swift Creek Fire Chief L. D. Warner, inspected the home this morning and said that lightning may have struck the house. Holmes discovered wiring fused together.

Warner said the Swift Creek [Fire] Department received the call at 1:47 a.m., and arrived about four minutes later to find one end of the house engulfed in flames. The roof had caved in.

Warner said firemen learned there were people trapped inside, but the heat and smoke were so intense [that] it was several minutes before they could get in and locate the family. Warner said he believes all five were dead by the time the fire department survived.

"The was no way anybody could survive in those bedrooms for any length of time," Warner said. The family members apparently attempted to get out, but were overcome before they could do more than ge tout of bed. Both the family's small dogs died in the fire, according to Swift Creek fireman Brian Perry. They were buried this morning by neighbors.

The heat and smoke blackened the entire house and all its contents. Paint had blistered and peeled in every room.

Perry said that, when he removed the body of Lisa Jordan, "I think we were just hoping against hope that she could be revived."

News & Observer story about the fire, via personal scrapbook from our friends at Swift Creek:

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