Reno, NV Mizpah Hotel Fire Kills 12, Oct 2006
HOTEL FIRE IN DOWNTOWN RENO KILLS TWELVE.
Reno, Nev. (AP) - Twelve people died and another was in critical condition today after a fire raced through a residential hotel in downtown Reno, Nev., late Tuesday night. Dozens of others were injured.
Police arrested a woman who was a resident of the hotel today on charges of arson and murder in connection with the fire, which gutted the 84-year-old Mizpah Hotel. She was identified as Valerie Moore, 47.
According to firefighters quoted by local news media, the fire started when Ms. Moore placed a mattress up against a door and set it ablaze. The fire quickly spread to other parts of the three-story hotel building, located near the city's casino district.
Fire officials said 60 to 80 people were in the building when the fire broke out at about 10 p.m. local time. By the time firefighters arrived, people were hanging out of windows calling for help.
Others were injured when they jumped from second and third story windows as the fire spread. Fire officials said it was possible that more victims will be found in the rubble of a part of the hotel where the roof collapsed.
Police said today that they had not yet determined a motive for setting the fire.
Listing of the casualties:
ALFORD EDWARD YATES.
KEVIN M. SUTHERIN.
WILLIAM JOHN SERRAO.
JERMEY LEE WREN.
DIANA BARBARA POCHINI.
GREGORY JACK WITTES.
ERNEST JAMES DUARTE.
PAUL D. SMITH.
CHRISTOPHER JAMES COVERT.
NADINE INGE NICODEMUS.
PHILIP JAMES BRIDGES.
New York Times New York 2006-11-01