Parkersburg, WV Chancellor Hotel Fire, Aug 1911
THREE KILLED IN HOTEL FIRE.
WALL FALLS AND SPECTATORS ARE CRUSHED AT PARKERSBURG.
Parkersburg, West Va., Aug. 23. -- Three persons were killed, one fatally injured and several others slightly hurt today as a result of a fire and explosion which damaged the Chancellor Hotel.
The dead are:
FLOYD SMITH, 15, son of a police Captain.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, 22, colored.
HARRY HALL, 15, colored.
ROBERT DAWS, 14, was badly crushed and will die, while a number of others, among them CHESTER KRAFT, a well known business man, sustained minor injuries.
The fire, which threatened to spread through the business section of the city, started in the laundry room on the seventh floor of the hotel. There was a terrific explosion of gas and the east wall collapsed. The falling debris demolished a one-story brick building, occupied by DR. S. H. WISE. It was here that the spectators were caught. Police Capt. SMITH directed the work of recovering the bodies, but did not recognize the mangled form of his own son. It was an hour before the identification was made.
The loss was $25,000.
New York Times New York 1911-08-24