This is the original write up in the newspaper dated January 9,1979.
Fire officials yesterday successfully pieced together the living room of the Joseph Jablonski residence in Earlington in an effort to determine where a Sunday morning fire started.
That took the life of 9-year-old Tammi-Jo Jablonski, who was asleep upstairs, and routed 11 other persons in the house.
Souderton Fire Chief Paul Stoudt said this morning the fire began in the downstairs front living room in the 2 1/2 story brick twin house at 824 Allentown road, a short distance above Morwood road.
"We know right where it started," Stoud said. "We have the room pieced together and know what was in there. Now we want to know what started it.
He said that determination would have to await laboratory tests on items taken from the living room. That could push the determination back to at least the end of the week, he said.
He commented that while the living room was so burned that plaster was gone from the walls and holes were burned through the floor, a dining area was "hardly touched" and the smoke and flames instead raced upstairs.
That signifies something, he said, but would not say what.
Trooper Walter Kerr, state police fire marshal working with Stoudt on the case, reportedly concurs with Stoudt's determination that the fire started in the living room.
Spokesmen at Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, reportedly said Tammi-Jo's mother, Margaret Jablonski, has been released from the facillity after being admitted Sunday morning for treatment of smoke inhalation.
Her other three daughters-7 year old Lisa Jablonski, 16 year old Deborah Hutchison, and 14 year old Sheri Hutchison-are still in the hospital, spokesmen reorteedly said, listed in stable condition and being treated for smoke inhalation and minor burns.
The three daughters were pulled from the fire, which broke out about 7 a.m., by neighbors who scrambled up a ladder propped against against a porch roof and went in through an upstairs window. Stoudt said the action saved their lives.
Services for Tammi-Jo, a third grader at St. Maria Goretti School, Hatfield, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday from St. Maria Goretti Church in Hatfield. Arrangements are being made by Huff and Lakjer Funeral Home, Lansdale.
She was born in Norristown, a daughter to Margaret (Corbin) and Joseph Jablonski. She had lived at the Earlington address for six years. In addition to her parents and sisters, she is survived by paternal grandparents Alexander and Eugenia Jablonski of Schwenksville. She was preceded in death by maternal grandmother, Mrs. Susan Conrad, of the Earlington address, in October 1977.
Neighbors of the Jablonskis and the Leonard Zepp family- who lived in the other half of the twin home- have established a fund for the survivors, it was also reported yesterday.
Tammi, it has been 28 years since we lost you and I still think about you everyday. I know that you still watch over me. I love you and I'll continue to miss you until we meet again.