Cleveland, OH Apartment Hotel Fire, Jun 1932
TEN BODIES TAKEN FROM RUINS OF FIRE SWEPT APARTMENT HOTEL.
SEVEN PERSONS STILL MISSING -- SOME BODIES BURNED BEYOND RECOGNITION.
Cleveland, O., June 8 -- (AP) -- Blackened ruins of the fire swept six-story Ellington apartments had yielded up 10 bodies tonight with three residents of the building yet missing and four other persons unaccounted for.
Five bodies were removed late today, more than 36 hours after the structure was wrapped in flames in the wake of a terrific explosion.
Working crews, laboring in shifts night and day, continued their laborious efforts to clear away the tons of debris and twisted steel choking the bottom of the building.
Only three of the 10 bodies have been positively identified. The others were almost unrecognizable, mute evidence of the swift roaring fire which made an inferno of the apartments and forced 150 occupants to flight in night clothing.
The cause of the explosion still remained uncertain. As state, city and private investigators worked from a dozen different angles, the result appeared postponed until the wreckage is cleared away sufficiently to permit thorough investigation.
Only about one fifth of the debris had been cleared away tonight.
Investigators, however, fixed the place of the explosion at the rear of a barber supply company occupying offices on the street level. The wall between the supply store and the Cleveland Savings & Loan Co., next door, was bulged two feet by the blast it was found.
Members of Card Party Missing.
Four persons were reported attending a card party in the apartment building could not be accounted for. Since their names were not included in a hastily compiled list of tenants, their identity was unknown and their fate probably will not be learned until the last of the debris is removed.
Three bodies found late today lay side by side. An opened prayer book, badly charred, and a crucifix lay with them.
The list of dead:
MRS. ANNA MITCHELL, 70.
W. C. WERNER, 68.
A body identified both as VIRGINIA STOKES and CORA STOKES, her sister.
A woman believed to be MRS. CLARA WITHERS.
Two Unidentified Men.
Three Bodies so badly burned that sex could not be determined.
Investigators expressed the fear that several persons, who were seen to leap from upper stories to a one story annex in the rear of the apartments, may have been cremated as they fell into the heart of the flames as the roof collapsed.
The Times Recorder Zanesville Ohio 1932-06-09