Boston, MA Paramount Hotel Fire, Jan 1966

Paramount Hotel

9 KILLED, 60 INJURED IN BOSTON EXPLOSION.

Boston (AP) -- Firemen, working construction cranes, Saturday searched the ruins of an explosion and fire-wracked Paramount Hotel in downtown Boston, seeking persons who might have been trapped in Friday night's tragedy.
At least nine persons were known dead and about 60 others were injured in the fire which swept the 10-story hotel, a bar and an adjoining coffee shop.
The identified dead were:
BARBARA RAWLING, 35, Boston.
PATRICIA OSBORNE, 27, Boston.
MICHAEL COHEN, 56, suburban Milton.
ALBERT WHITE, Philadelphia, Pa.
HERBERT C. McBRIDE, 40, a resident of the hotel.
Three of the injured were reported in serious condition at hospitals. Another six remained under treatment at hospitals.
Several others were feared trapped in the ice-coated rubble and firemen worked to remove some eight feet of water from the hotel cellar on the chance other victims might be found.
Manager JOHN DiCICCO of the 90-room Paramount, said 65 persons were registered, inclulding 40 who were permanent residents. He was unable to say how many were in their quarters.
The devastating explosion, also rocked the adjacent Plymouth Hotel, but he flames did not reach it.
Scene of the explosion and fire is only a block from Boston Common in an area kown as the "Combat Zone." Nearby are many bars, small restaurants, and two theaters showing "adults only" movies.
The blast opened a 60-foot long crater in normally busy Boylston Street and shattered windows in buildings as far as three blocks away.
Identification of the dead was delayed many hours due to the extensive injuries they suffered. Officials used dental charts, scraps of personal papers, and clothing in efforts to identify them.
Patrons in the bar and coffee shop were hurled upward by the strong explosion and then dropped back into the instantly burning cellars.
Six of the dead were found in the bar cellar while the other three were removed from upper-floor rooms of the Paramount.
Cause of the explosion was still to be determined. Witnesses said they saw flames shooting from manholes in the area carrying gas lines.

Idaho State Journal Pocatello Idaho 1966-01-30

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Boston (AP) -- Firemen, working construction cranes, Saturday searched the ruins of an explosion and fire-wrecked Paramount Hotel in downtown Boston, seeking persons who might have been trapped in Friday night's tragedy.
At least nine persons were known dead and about 60 others were injured in the fire which swept the 10-story hotel, a bar and an adjoining coffee shop.
The identified dead were:
BARBARA RAWLING, 35, Boston.
PATRICIA OSBORNE, 27, Boston.
MICHAEL COHEN, 56, suburban Milton.
ALBERT WHITE, Philadelphia, Pa.
HERBERT C. McBRIDE, 40, a resident of the hotel.
Three of the injured were reported in serious condition at hospitals. Another six remained under treatment at hospitals.
Several others were feared trapped in the ice-coated rubble and firemen worked to remove some eight feet of water from the hotel cellar on the chance other victims might be found.
Manager John DiCicco of the 90-room Paramount, said 65 persons were registered, including 40 who were permanent residents. He was unable to say how many were in their quarters.
The devastating explosion, also rocked the adjacent Plymouth Hotel, but the flames did not reach it.
Scene of the explosion and fire is only a block from Boston Common in an area known as the "Combat Zone." Nearby are many bars, small restaurants, and two theaters showing "adults only" movies.
The blast opened a 60-foot long crater in normally busy Boylston Street and shattered windows in buildings as far as three blocks away.
Identification of the dead was delayed many hours due to the extensive injuries they suffered. Officials used dental charts, scraps of personal papers, and clothing in efforts to identify them.
Patrons in the bar and coffee shop were hurled upward by the strong explosion and then dropped back into the instantly burning cellars.
Six of the dead were found in the bar cellar while the other three were removed from upper floor rooms of the Paramount.

Lowell Sun Massachusetts 1966-01-30

Comments

Deceased

My Mother Patricia Osborne died in this fire, she left 3 small children. This is the first time I've read or heard anything about it. It must have been horrible for her and all the injured and deceased.

R.I.P. Mommy

Love Charlotte, Pamela and Mark..

Ancestors of Ruth Mellen Powers

My father was a first cousin of Ruth. I have family tree information for Ruth's mother, Jennie Munro.

Ruth Powers

She was my grandmother as well - I share her name as my middle name. I would appreciate any genealogy infomation you have. Thank-you.

Ruth Elizabeth Powers

To the writer of the comment re: Ruth Powers
Your grandmother, Ruth, was my father's first cousin. If you are interested in genealogy please respond as I have done a lot of research.

Killed

My grandmother, Ruth Elizabeth (Mellen) Powers, aged 60
Law graduate
US Dept of the Interior employee
Her friend she went out with that night died @ Mass General a few days later.