Portland, OR Lind Hotel Fire, Mar 1955
5 KILLED AS FIRE RAZES LIND HOTEL IN PORTLAND.
Portland (UP) - Five persons died and 18 others, including 13 firemen, were injured early today when a three-alarm fire gutted a three-story downtown hotel here.
Three of the injured were reported in critical condition.
The coroner's office identified four of the dead as:
GEORGE NADENOFF, 69.
GEORGE MUNOTAMI, 79.
WILLIAM COVINGTON, and
ROBERT EDWARD RODEN.
A fifth body, not immediately identified, was found later as firemen probed through the rubble. (JACK M. BOYSEN, 63)
The fire was discovered about 1 a.m. by a tenant who ran into the street yelling as Patrolmen Alfred Aaronson and Melvin Hulett were passing.
The officers turned in the alarm and helped get the seven children of the managers, Tom and Mary Saito, out of the building. Mr. and Mrs. Saito braved the thick smoke to awaken persons on the second and third floors.
MUNOTAMI, one of the victims, was Mrs. Saito's father.
Tenants, wearing nightclothes, scrambled to safety down the stairs and firemen's ladders.
Four firemen were hospitalized and others were treated at the scene.
Cause of the blaze was not immediately determined.
Saito said there were about 75 persons registered in the 70-room hotel.
The Daily Herald Provo Utah 1955-03-09