San Francisco, CA Fatal Hotel Fire, Oct 1931
3 MEN KILLED IN BAY CITY HOTEL BLAZE.
GAS EXPLOSION TURNS HOTEL IN SAN FRANCISCO INTO INFERNO.
MANY ARE INJURED.
TWO TRAPPED IN FLAMES, ONE LEAPS TO DEATH IN STREET BELOW.
San Francisco, Oct. 10 - (UP) - Three men were killed and a dozen persons injured today when an explosion of gas turned a four story hotel building into a raging mass of flames.
CHARLES DEMANGE, 50, and an unidentified man were burned to death when trapped in the blazing structure. A man named KORDT was killed when he jumped from a fourth story window as firemen were rushing up a ladder to save him.
Preceded by a terrific explosion, which firemen said probably was caused by an accumulation of gas, the fire broke out in lobby of the brick plaster structure and quickly spread.
Occupants On Roof.
By the time fire companies had responded, the hotel was enveloped in the flames and screaming men and women were standing on the roof.
ALBERT STADIE, 40, a waiter, also jumped to the street but escaped with a broken nose and lacerated face. Most of the other injured guests were overcome by smoke and were revived at police emergency hospitals.
JOHN MOSARICK, a tailor, received an injured ankle and severe lacerations when he was trampled trying to escape the flames.
Scenes of wildest excitement prevailed as the men and women caught, fought their way up the stairs in the face of advancing flames.
MISS REGINA EMERICK, one of the guests was sleeping on the fourth floor when she heard AARON SAFINE, another guest yell.
"About half a dozen of us stood on a fire escape. We saw SAFINE jump from his window and just catch hold of a fire railing. A couple of men nearly fell through the fire escape opening," she said.
"The flames were shooting out of the windows above us. People everywhere were screaming. A terrible blast of the heat leaped out at us and STADIE became excited."
"I pleaded with him not to jump, but he went over anyway. A moment later the firemen took us down a ladder."
WILLIAM PELLOW, also caught in the building, said a number of others were on a fire escape trying to fashion a ladder out of bed clothing.
"Suddenly one man leaped to the ground. He was carried to an ambulance," he said.
"Then KORDT came running out screaming, "It's got in my eyes. I can't see." Six firemen got a ladder up to the window and started up but apparently the poor fellow couldn't stand the pain. He jumped and landed on his head. He was killed."
The coroner's office said the third victim was burned beyond recognition. Hotel records were destroyed and it will be almost impossible to trace him by his room, officers said.
Those overcome by smoke included, JOHN FARLEY, 58; Fire Lieutenant JOHN CAFFERTY; MRS. CATHERINE WEST, wife of the hotel manager; and MISS EMERING. FRANK COLLINS a fireman, received severe lacerations on the hands and body.
August Petersen, owner of the hotel, estimated the loss at $100,000.
Fire Marshall John Kelley said the fire was the third in the neighborhood in the last three weeks, and that an investigation will be made.
The Eugene Guard Oregon 1931-10-10