Roanoke, VA Kimball Hotel Fire, Apr 1931

ONE MAN DEAD, 2 MISSING IN ROANOKE FIRE.

ONE SERIOUSLY HURT WHEN FLAMES DESTROY KIMBALL HOTEL.

Roanoke, Va., April 2 - (AP) - One man is dead, two others are unaccounted for, another is seriously injured and several more have burns and bruises of less degree as the result of a fire that gutted the old Kimball Hotel here this morning.
A. COTTON, about sixty, pressing shop proprietor, was killed when he jumped from the top floor of the blazing building. All guests have been accounted for except two, who were on the second floor. Their names could not be learned.
JESSIE McGHEE, farmer, had his back broken in two places, and an ankle and elbow fractured when he jumped from the top, or third, floor.
The origin of the fire has not been determined. When firemen arrived the entire building was in flames.
The old hotel, owned by B. W. Owen, was built of wood, faced with brick.
The front and side walls caved in shortly after the arrival of firemen.

The Bee Danville Virginia 1931-04-02