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Robert E. Morrison

Death 22 Apr 1962 (aged 38)
Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland, USA
Burial Boonsboro, Washington County, Maryland, USA
Plot 120 B 10
Memorial ID 100040524 · View Source
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ROBERT E. MORRISON, 39, of 151 W. Washington St., was found dead in his smoke-stained fourth floor apartment Monday. He apparently was asphyxiated when his mattress caught fire sometime early Sunday morning.

Morrison, an employee of Fearnow and Cline, was discovered by his brother, Charles Morrison, Hagerstown, Rt.5 who tried to locate him at his apartment where he lived alone.

Lt. Grayson Wigfield said there were no flames and that omly the mattress was destroyed by smoldering. He was believed to be smoking in bed.

Morrison apparently had made an attempt to get out of the room. A blind had been pulled from a window and a small chest upset.

Officers said he was apparently overcome by smoke and fell back across the bed.

Tenants in other apartments in the building were not aware of the fire, Lt. Wigfield said.

Morrison's brother went to the apartment Sunday morning about 9:30. He said he rapped on the door and when there was no response he decided not to try to awaken him. He told officers that he did not smell smoke at that time. Monday morning there was a slight odor of smoke and he let himself in with a key.

One tenant of the building reported smelling smoke about 11:30 Sunday morning but thought it came from outside the building.

Deputy Medical examiner Dr. E.W. Ditto, Jr. reported death due to asphyxiation.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred N. Kauffman, Middleburg; a sister, Mrs. Mary Jane Hart, Middleburg; brothers, Charles S., Leitersburg; Donald, Leitersburg; Leon, Marion, Pa.

Funeral services will be held from the Bast Funeral Home in Boonsboro on Wednesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Paul Kauffman officiating. Interment will be made in the Boonsboro Cemetery.

Source : The Morning Herald Newspaper - Hagerstown, Washington Co., Maryland - Tuesday, April 24, 1962




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