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BLASTS DESTROY JOE TOCCO'S HOME Continued from Page One according to police, were seen to leave the house Sunday evening. Police were unable to locate them after the fire. The explosion was reported at 8 o'clock by Daniel GogolAwskl, who lives two doors from the cicmollshed building. ) Flames Peril Hnuvea He said that four explosions shook his home and turning to a window, he saw the red brick home of Wyandotte's reputed gang leader burst into flames. All of Wyandotte's available fire apparatus arrived before the fifth explosion toppled three of the four outer walls at the firemen's very feet. Danger of the flames spreading to the home of Ernest LrCtoIx, at 224 Felice St., was averted by the firemen who turned their attention from the Tocco residence and con centrated their efforts to protecting the mcroix nouse. The house, according to Mr. Munro, had been stripped of all but a few pieces of scattered furniture "Together the pieces wouldn't have filled three rooms, he said. The fire, which drew to the scene 1.000 spectators, was the first In Wyandotte to cause any considerable damage in more than a year. According to police, three houses along Felice St., Nos. 238, 248 and 256, are all owned by Tocco. Probe of Ruins Delayed No. 248 Is occupied bv Ben "Black Benny" Sciacca, lieutenant and confidant of Tocco, police said, Police learned both of Tocco's large cars, usually left in the garage in rear of the house, had disappeared. Mr. Munro displayed a postcard found in the wreckage addressed from Miami, Okla., and signed by Joe Tocco, who. police said, has been away from Wyandotte for sev eral weeks. Ihe card was stamped Feb. 18 Mr. Munro said. When Torco was being questioned re cently concerning the Wyandotte massacre, he admitted being "hard up," but said that he had heavily insured his three houses. Suspecting incendary origin, Chief Anselm ordered tne investigation while Chief Rutledge began a search for the racketeer. of the the at P.) cruiser

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  1. Detroit Free Press,
  2. 22 Feb 1932, Mon,
  3. Page 2

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