Wilmington, NC Fire Destroys Hotel, Jan 1949

Fire In Adjoining Buildings Orton Hotel In Flames

FLAMES SWEEP HOTEL AND SIX OTHER BUILDINGS.

40 GUESTS ROUTED IN WILMINGTON, N. J.[sic]; LOSS MILLION DOLLARS.

Wilmington, N.C., Jan. 21 (AP) -- A four-hour general alarm fire raged through the Orton Hotel early today, routed 40 guests, and spread to six adjoining buildings with a loss estimated at about $1,000,000.
The fire, which firemen described as one of the worst in the history of this Atlantic seaboard town, started in a women's shoe store adjacent to the five-story, 100-room hotel and soon engulfed the entire structure.

No One Injured.
The 40 guests registered in the hotel had ample time to reach safety, said A. ABRAMS, owner of the building. Police said no one was injured in the fire, which was brought under control about 4:30 a.m. (E.S.T.), but two firemen were overcome by smoke and required hospital treatment.
ABRAMS said the hotel, of brick construction, was a complete loss. He valued the building at $200,000. The loss was only partly covered by insurance, he said.
Firemen gave no estimate of the damage to the adjacent buildings. Unofficial estimates, however, said the damage to these structures probably would range up to between $700,000 and $800,000.

Moberly Monitor-Index Missouri 1949-01-21