Portland, OR Hotel Fire, Dec 1922


Portland, Oregon, Dec. 1. -- Four men lost their lives in a fire today in the Ben Hur Hotel formerly known as the Oak Hotel in the business district here. None of the dead had been identified several hours after the fire. All the other guests were reported to have escaped, most of them in their night clothing. The building was destroyed.
The number of injured had not been determined at daybreak.
The fire broke out in the hotel furnace room. Taxicab drivers and police worked heroically to arouse the guests, until an explosion on the third floor forced the rescuers from the building.
Guests at two of the principal hotels the Benson and Oregon, which adjoined the Ben Hur, were awakened by the management and warned to prepare to leave if the fire spread.
The fire was controlled before it reached other buildings.
The cause of it has not been determined.

The Newark Advocate Ohio 1922-12-01