William D. Chambers, 75, carpenter, rescued Emmett B. Gary, 76, merchant, from burning, Long Bottom, Ohio, May 18, 1936. Fire started from a kerosene stove in a room at the rear of Gary’s store, and flames spread over the rear wall and one of the side walls. There was no partition between the room and the store. In an undetermined way Gary’s clothing took fire, and he lay in the rear part of the store. Chambers and others ran to the front of the store and opened the door. A gust of smoke poured out, and Gary was heard to moan. Dense smoke filled the store except for 18 inches above the floor. With closed eyes and holding his breath, Chambers on his hands and knees crawled 22 feet to the rear of the store and groped for Gary. He then heard Gary moan. Reaching forward, he got hold of Gary’s clothing at the shoulder with one hand. Dragging Gary, Chambers backed on his hand and knees to a point four feet from the door. He then had to breathe, and he called for help. A young man crawled from the door, got hold of Chambers’s leg, and backed to the door, Chambers also backing and keeping hold of Gary. Gary’s clothes were all aflame, and he sustained burns from which he died five hours later. Chambers sustained a slight burn on his hand.
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