Put In Bay, OH Hotel Victory Fire, Aug 1919
THE HOTEL VICTORY.
AT PUT-IN-BAY DESTROYED BY FIRE LAST NIGHT.
Sandusky, Aug. 15. -- Thieves carried away furniture, furnishings and personal belongings almost as fast as they were removed from hotel Victory at Put in Bay when a spectacular blaze destroyed the big summer hotel last night with a loss of perhaps a million dollars. This was the declaration of former employes and guests arriving here today on the steamer Arrow from Put in Bay.
Put in Bay authorities have started a searching investigation into the origin of the fire and the many thefts which accompanied the fire.
Sandusky, Aug. 15. -- Fifty guests were driven from their rooms, losing all of their belongings and damage estimated from $500,000 to $1,000,000 was caused last night when the Hotel Victory at Put In Bay burned to the ground.
The structure, one of the most famous hostelries on the lakes, contained 625 rooms in addition to a large dining room, parlors and ball room. The origin of the flames is unknown, the blaze starting in a cupola and enveloping the entire third floor before persons in the hotel were aware that it was on fire. Word was telephoned to the hotel from outside of the fire.
The huge structure burned like tinder and the blaze was visible for miles around the lakes. Crowds gathered at many points to watch the flames shoot high in the sky.
The hotel was built in 1891 at a cost of over a million dollars, but has never been a paying proposition. A Chicago company headed by Charles J. Stoops bought the hotel this spring and had refurnished it. They carried some insurance but Ben Mowrey, manager, was not aware of the amount of the insurance.
The Mansfield News Ohio 1919-08-15