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Ashtabula Star Beacon (Newspaper) - December 5, 1999, Ashtabula, Ohio Star Beacon a5 a my tire fighters presumed dead in warehouse fire by Catherine Ivey associated press writer Worcester mass. A the first two firefighters headed into the burning warehouse to search for homeless people believed to be trapped inside. Minutes later a voice crackled Over the radio a mayday mayday we re running out of four other firefighters disappeared into the smoke in an attempt to Rescue their colleagues. None returned. The six Worcester firefighters Are believed to have perished in the five Story conflagration that continued to Burn saturday morning. A a it a three weeks before Christmas. There a roughly 15 kids out there without fathers a said District fire chief Michael Mcnamee. Investigators said the cause of the fire was not immediately known. But Worcester Deputy fire chief Gerard Dio called it suspicious saying firefighters initially were fighting two fires that appeared to have started separately. Witnesses told firefighters that homeless people often built fires in the windowless rooms of the old abandoned cold storage warehouse to keep warm. For the firefighters who entered it Friday night the 80-year-old building became a confusing Maze of dark Smoky rooms with no windows which impeded their ability to find their Way and trapped the heat inside. Ten Catholic priests were among those who rushed to the warehouse to Comfort the firefighters families and Pray for the missing. A it was probably one of the worst nights in our Priesthood a said the Rev. Peter Scanlon the fire departments Catholic chaplain. Although the firefighters names had not been released Scanlon said two had served As altar boys. One was a lieutenant who had done readings at a firefighters memorial mass. As the warehouse continued to soldered saturday family and friends of the six were escorted to the warehouse. As firefighters continued to douse the hulking Frame with water they dropped off Flowers before being bused to a nearby Church. Worcester fire chief Dennis Budd said firefighters never found any sign that homeless people had been trapped in the building although investigators were checking with homeless shelters to see if anyone had been reported missing. Around midday two firefighters and a structural Engineer entered the building for the first time since the firefighters were lost. A wrecking Ball knocked a Hole in one Wall to give investigators better Access to the buildings Interior. No bodies had been removed. A this is not a typical Day in our City a mayor Ray Mariano said saturday. A this morning the Sun did no to Rise. It did no to Rise because last night we lost six members of our deaths Elizabeth t. Hockran Patrick a. Massucci or. Greenville a. A Elizabeth t. Hockran 86, died saturday dec. 4,1999, at a pm horizon Hospital system Greenville. Arrangements Are incomplete and will be announced by Baumgardner funeral Home a family care group affiliate 144 Prospect St., Andover. James Edwin Waris Niles James Edwin Waris 59, died Friday dec. 3. 1999, from complications of lung cancer. Born oct. 27,1940, in Warren he was the son of John August and Mary Louise Kutch a Waris. Or. Waris was employed by Peerless tinsmith inc. As a production supervisor retiring in 1989. He was a member of the Ashtabula yacht club Emmanuel lutheran Church the elks club of Ashtabula and a merchant Marine. He was an avid golfer Hunter Fisherman and enjoyed woodworking. Survivors include his wife Regina a. Two sons James r. Of Quantico va., and Robert j. Of Niles two grandchildren his Mother and step father Thurman Hoover of Newton Falls grandmother Mary Baker of Newton Falls and two Sisters Peggy m. Burr of Leavittsburg and Patricia e. Neatrour of Cortland. He was preceded in death by his father and grandfathers John Waris or. And John Kutch a. Service is 11 . Tuesday at Emmanuel lutheran Church Warren calling hours Are 6 to 8 . Monday and one hour prior to service tuesday at the Church at the Carl w. Hall funeral Home 533 n. Park ave., Warren. Memorial contributions May be to Emmanuel lutheran Church. David l. Spiesman Madison David l. Spiesman 68, of Madison died Friday dec. 3, 1999, at his Home. He was bom May 21, 1931, in Painesville the son of George r. And Anna b. Quickel Spiesman and was a lifelong Perry Madison area resident. He was a 1949 graduate of Perry High school. He served in the . Army in the 86th infantry div. He was a member of immaculate Conception Church Madison and enjoyed dancing and being with family and friends. Survivors include wife Mary Jane two daughters Debra Hartline of Bradenton fla., and Mary Anna Miller of Littleton Colo. Two sons Ben of Painesville and David of Larkspur Colo. Eight grandchildren Daniel Brandon and Jacob Spiesman Victoria and Lloyd Hartline and Brianna Danielle and Gabriel Miller five Sisters Annabelle Mccormick of Beaumont Calif. Elizabeth Hilston of Fairport Harbor and Mary Warren and Ruth and Marjorie Spiesman of Perry. Three Brothers Alvin of Madison Phillip and Pete of Painesville. He was preceded in death by his parents a sister Emma Lou Spiesman and two Brothers George and Michael. Service is 11a.m. Wednesday at the immaculate Conception Church 2846 Hubbard Road Madison. Burial will be in Perry cemetery. Calling hours Are 6 to 8 . Tuesday at the Behm family funeral Home 26 River St., Madison. Fri arrests militia members for alleged bomb plot by Doug Willis associated press writer Sacramento Calif. A Federal agents have arrested two anti government militia members in connection with an alleged plan to blow up a huge propane storage facility Federal officials said saturday. The arrests on Friday came after a nearly yearlong investigation by the Fri joint terrorism task Force into a potential threat against the suburban propane facility in Elk Grove and other targets in the Sacramento area the . Attorneys office said in a statement. The other threatened Sites were not identified. The facility stores about 24 million Gallons of liquified propane fuel and is located about a mile from a subdivision suburban propane spokesman John Fletcher said. Authorities believe the alleged plan was designed to exploit y2k fears among the nations hate groups the Sacramento Bee reported saturday. A we think we stopped a terrorist attack a a source close to the investigation told the Bee. A can we be certain they would have carried it out we done to know. We had to behave As though they were going to do the . Attorneys office identified the two men As Kevin Ray Patterson 42, of Camino and Charles Dennis Kiles 49, of Placerville. They face a court appearance monday on Federal firearms charges. The newspaper said both men were Mem Bers of a san Joaquin county militia group and had been stockpiling Large amounts of illegal weapons. Suburban propane was notified by the Fri about two months ago about a potential threat Fletcher said. Company officials said most of the fuel is stored in two non pressurized tanks at 50 degrees below Zero and that if the tanks were ruptured the propane would Likely Pool within protective dirt berms. They said it could Only ignite after it had considerable time to warm and mix with the air. However Elk Grove fire chief Mark Meaker said a major explosion and fire Likely would destroy the berms and affect nearby Homes schools and businesses. Geneva Patrick a. Massucci jr., 48, died thursday dec. 2, 1999, at his parents Home in Geneva. Born oct. 20, 1951, in Ashtabula he was a son of and Molly Massucci and had been a Geneva resident for 30 years coming from Ashtabula. Or. Massucci owned and operated paths Auto body. A 1970 graduate of St. Johns High school he worked at the family business Massuccio a Geneva Ford before opening his own business. He played guitar with Brothers and friends band and other local groups. He was a member of Geneva fraternal order of eagles aerie 2243, and a 25-year member of musicians local Union local 107. Survivors include his parents two Sisters Sherry Massucci Ray of Ashtabula and Leeann of Columbus and two Brothers Ron and David of Geneva and longtime companion Cindy Crane. Service is 10 . Monday at Assumption Church 594 w. Main St., Geneva with the Rev. Paul Tobin officiating. Burial will be in St. Josephus cemetery Saybrook township. Calling hours Are 4 to 7 . Sunday at the Behm family funeral Home and cremation Center 175 s. Broadway Geneva. Memorial contributions May be to hospice of Ashtabula county 2040 Lake ave., Ashtabula or to the animal protective league 5970 Green Road. North Kingsville. Hubert d. Hammond Pierpont township a Hubert d. A a buds Hammond 72, of Caine Road died wednesday dec. 1, 1999. He was bom sept. 12, 1927, in Conneaut the son of Paul h. And Leora Marker Hammond Schaefer. A lifelong area resident or. Hammond worked in the paint department of White consolidated Fairview pa., and was also a Foreman at waste Estes. A . Army Veteran he served during the korean War. He was a member of the Moose club and a life member of the american motorcycle association. He was an avid motorcyclist and enjoyed camping Bowling fishing and music especially playing the guitar. Survivors include two daughters Bonnie Turner of Pierpont and Terri Lawler of Henderson Ark. Three sons Rick of Spring Lake n.c., Hubert or. A a Butch of Ashtabula and Bruce of Andover two Sisters Marjorie Coccitto and Joyce Petri of Conneaut three Brothers Harold of Erick okla., Paul or. Of Conneaut and Robert of Missouri 15 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents a daughter Belinda a sister Helen Laughlin and a granddaughter. Private family service is monday at the convenience of the family with the Rev. Herbert Smith pastor of Church of Jesus Christ in god Albion pa., officiating. Burial will be in East Conneaut cemetery. No calling hours will be observed. Memorial contributions May be to hospice of Ashtabula county or the american diabetes association. Envelopes will be available at the Marcy funeral Home a family care group affiliate 208 Liberty St., Conneaut which is in charge of the arrangements. Ronald Rylance Ashtabula Ronald Rylance of Homewood ave. Died saturday dec. 4, 1999. Funeral arrangements Are incomplete and will be handled by Burton funeral Home 1329 Lake ave., Ashtabula. Lulu l. Hengartner Conneaut former area resident Lulu l. Hengartner 91, died saturday dec. 4, 1999, at the Ashtabula county nursing Home Kingsville township following a lengthy illness. Funeral arrangements Are incomplete and will be announced by the Marcy funeral Home a family care group affiliate 208 Liberty St., Conneaut. Thirteen killed As slams into tractor trailer Rig by Jeff Simons associated press writer Edgewood . A a that had been stripped of its rear passenger seats and packed with 17 people crashed into a tractor trailer Rig on an icy interstate near Albuquerque Early saturday killing 13 people. The vans Driver apparently did no to notice traffic had slowed for an Accident ahead and slowed under the Back end of the tractor trailer Santa be county undersheriff Berjie Montano said. He said there did no to appear to be any signs of braking by the . A it was gruesome a said towing company owner Michael Tavenner. There was about an Inch of ice on the Road where the crash occurred Tavenner said. An overnight storm had left 2-3 inches of Snow in the Region and wind had blown Snow into drifts 16 inches deep. . Border patrol spokesman Doug Mosier said authorities found documents in the that suggest the occupants were mexican nationals from Chiapas and Oaxaca. Investigators were working with the mexican consulate to identify the occupants and determine whether they had entered the United states legally Montano said. The mexican consulate did not immediately return a Telephone message left at its Albuquerque office by the associated press. The crash occurred about 2 . On a straight stretch of interstate 40 about 35 Miles East of Albuquerque. Three surviving passengers two men and a woman were in satisfactory condition at University Hospital and another Man was listed in critical condition Hospital spokeswoman Cindy Foster said. All 13 killed were men Kris Klinek general manager at a travel Center near the Highway said the stretch was notoriously dangerous in poor weather. 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