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Longview, TX Hotel Fire, Mar 1934

FIRE DESTROYS A TEXAS HOTEL.

TWO KILLED, 21 INJURED, IN BLAZE OF LONGVIEW HOSTELRY.

Longview, Tex., March 30 -- (AP) -- Two persons were killed and 21 persons injured, 11 of them seriously when fire razed the $250,000 Longview Hotel.
The fire broke out at midnight after most of the guests had retired and in a short time swept the three story structure. Making desperate efforts to escape the flames many persons leaped from windows.
D. F. SAFFORD, employe of a life insurance company of Dallas, was killed when he leaped from a third story window. The charred torso of another person, sex unknown, was found in the ruins.
It was feared that some of the guests might have been trapped in their rooms. Firemen said they thought two men might have lost their lives in a third floor room.
A woman dropoped her baby from a third floor window in a frantic effort to save its life. The baby landed on a second floor awning, from which it was rescued by a fireman. A number of persons suffered broken bones in jumping out of windows.
Cause of the fire had not been determined and firemen could not learn from what part of the building it started. Guests who escaped said their first intimation of danger came when flames burst into their rooms.
All available ambulances were pressed into service to carry the injured to hospitals.
Among those taken to hospitals was H. KOESTER, a St. Louis electric company representative, who received a broken leg and burns.

Jefferson City Post Tribune Missouri 1934-03-30

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