Parkersburg, WV Chancellor Hotel Fire, Aug 1911


PARKERSBURG, W. Va., Aug. 23. – The Chancellor hotel, the largest in the state, is practically destroyed by fire starting at 1 o’clock this afternoon and two persons were fatally hurt by falling walls. They are:
Roy Dews, aged twelve.
Mrs. Fred Ball.

Both were caught when the rear rear [sic] wall fell.

The fire started on the seventh floor and spread rapidly to all parts of the building. Hundreds of guests in the hotel had to flee, leaving practically all their effects.

At 1:30 it was said the building was doomed and the entire fire fighting force of the city is working to prevent a spread of the flames to adjoining squares.

Help may be asked from Marietta and Huntington.

Besides the hotel the First National bank and other business enterprises occupying the lower floor are destroyed and the loss will reach a quarter of a million dollars. There may be other casualties besides the two known, for the crowd was large when the walls fell.

The entire business section of the city is threatened.

Lincoln Evening News, Lincoln, NE 23 Aug 1911