Dallas, TX Hotel Adolphus Club Rooms Fire, Feb 1955
2,000 ROUTED AS BLAZE HITS DALLAS HOTEL.
ONLY EIGHT INJURED AS FIRE SWEEPS TRIO OF SWANK CLUBROOMS.
Dallas (AP) -- Three swank club rooms were in ruins and much of the rest of the Hotel Adolphus bore scars from smoke and water today, but the hotel owners called themselves lucky.
Only eight persons of an estimated 2,000 occupants, 400 employes and 150 firemen were hurt when a mysterious fire gutted a part of the second floor of the 1,250 room structure yesterday.
The blaze burst from the kitchen of the plush Insurance Club, spread by a mysterious explosion. It ate through clubrooms and nearby private dining rooms until put out almost two hours later.
LEO CORRIGAN, owner of the hotel, estimated damage "somewhere between $50,000 and $100,000." Club officials said furnishings, a total loss, were valued at $35,000. The origin of the blaze was undetermined.
Smoke, so dense that more than 20 persons were overcome, filled corridors of the sprawling building, causing an evacuation order that officials said cleared the building with miraculous calm.
Most persons moved quietly to elevators and were taken past the fire area to the lobby and on outside.
The Moberly Monitor Index Missouri 1955-02-12