Waterville, ME Jefferson Hotel Burns, Feb 1945

Jefferson Hotel After Blaze

2 WOMEN MEET DEATH IN MAINE HOTEL FIRE.

Waterville, Me., Feb. 19 (AP) -- Two women were numbered as victims today of the fire which swept the 32-room Jefferson hotel and an adjoining residence yesterday.
One of the victims, MRS. YVONNE SAUCIER, 27, was the widowed mother of two children. The second victim remained unidentified.
Fire Chief GROVER D. LOVEJOY said the fire started in the home of HARRY MONROE, but its cause was not determined. MRS. MONROE said she discovered the blaze when she opened her bathroom door and was met by "a wall of flames."
The fire spread so rapidly that several of the estimated 25 guests in the hotel were forced to leap from the second story windows.
LOUIS SHIRO, owner of the hotel, estimated his loss at $50,000. Damage to the MONROE residence was expected to increase the figure appreciably.

The Fitchburg Sentinel Massachusetts 1945-02-19