Del Rio, TX St. Charles Hotel Fire, Jan 1955
FIRE IN HOTEL FATAL TO TWO.
Del Rio, Tex. (AP) - Fire which flashed up the stairway destroyed the three-story St. Charles Hotel before dawn today, burning to death a crippled hotel clerk and a carpenter.
The 2 1/2 hour blaze leveled two other business establishments.
Fire Chief W. E. Zoen identified the dead as EMMETT SKILES, 30, day clerk at the hotel; and ANTONIO RODRIGUEZ, age unknown, of San Antonio.
SKILES, a polio victim who walked on crutches, was found in his room on the third floor. RODRIGUEZ' body was in another room on the same floor.
Also destroyed in the blaze was the Tim Cobb hardware store and a life insurance agency.
Index-Journal Greenwood South Carolina 1955-01-07