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    Default Gloucester City firefighter Thomas Stewart

    July 10th -(Mount Ephraim-AP) --
    Gloucester City firefighter Thomas Stewart will be buried today. Stewart was among three firefighters to die in a July Fourth house fire in Gloucester City that also killed three young sisters. Yesterday, mourners said farewell to Mount Ephraim's deputy fire chief John West. James Sylvester, the town's fire chief, was buried Monday.
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    Unhappy Wednesday 7/10

    Third firefighter killed in blaze remembered

    (Gloucester City-AP) -- Thousands of mourners turned out for a
    third sorrow-filled day in Camden County as Gloucester City Fireman
    Thomas Stewart the Third is buried.
    Stewart and two Mount Ephraim firefighters were trying to rescue
    three sisters from a burning duplex in Gloucester City on July
    Fourth. They didn't get out before the roof collapsed.
    The Mount Ephraim firefighters were buried yesterday and Monday.
    Funerals for the three girls -- five-year-old Alexandra Slack
    and her three-year-old twin sisters Claudia and Colletta -- will be
    held tomorrow. Their mother remains hospitalized in critical
    condition.
    Investigators have not yet determined a cause of the fire. A
    spokesman for the prosecutor's office says it is possible a cause
    won't be determined.


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    Unhappy Stewart Funeral

    GLOUCESTER CITY, N.J. (AP) - The parade of sorrow and
    firefighting equipment moved here Wednesday for the funeral of a
    recently engaged firefighter who was one of three killed last
    Thursday in a blaze that also took the lives of three young girls.
    Friends, relatives and several hundred of members of the
    firefighting fraternity driving about 300 pieces of fire and rescue
    apparatus from around the country gathered at St. Mary's Roman
    Catholic Church to pay their last respects to Thomas G. Stewart
    III.
    One week before, Stewart, a 31-year-old Gloucester City native,
    proposed to his longtime girlfriend and the mother of his
    1-year-old son Nicholas in front of the crowd gathered to watch the
    city's Fourth of July fireworks display.
    In a close-knit working class town of 11,500, Stewart, a
    full-time firefighter and entrepreneur who had his own construction
    firm, was well-known.
    The night before he died, his public proposal to Danielle
    Ruggiero was the talk of the town. The next morning, his death was.
    In the predawn hours of the next day, he was among the first of
    200 firefighters on the scene at a blaze of a twin house.
    A roof collapse killed Stewart, along with Mount Ephraim
    firefighters James Sylvester and John D. West. Sylvester and West
    were laid to rest in public funerals earlier this week.
    Five-year-old Alexandra Slack and her three-year-old twin
    sisters Claudia and Colletta also perished in the fire. The girls
    were to be buried Thursday. Their mother Katia "Tia" Williamson,
    remained in critical condition Wednesday at Crozer Chester Medical
    Center in Upland, Pa.
    Investigators had not determined a fire cause by Wednesday
    afternoon, though inspectors wrapped up their work at the scene of
    the fire four days earlier.

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