Anchorage, AK Restaurant Fire, Oct 1951


Anchorage, Oct. 30 (AP) -- Anchorage fire and police officials called in a military arson expert today to determine if a Sunday fire which claimed two lives might have been set.
NOEL J. ROBINSON, 35, a bartender, and RENEE LEE, 22, a night club dancer, died in the fire in Olivera's Restaurant. The building was destroyed with loss estimated by firemen at $50,000.
ROBINSON occupied one room on the upper floor of the restaurant. Firemen said he died attempting to escape through a narrow window. Fire and smoke apparently cut off the escape route through other rooms which had large windows.
MISS LEE'S body was found on the floor in ROBINSON'S room, firemen said.
JAY KENNEDY, 35, owner of the restaurant, jumped 16 feet from his own room on the upper floor and suffered minor injuries and shock.
Police said firemen saved canvass bags containing the restaurant's weekly receipts.

RENEE LEE, the woman victim who died in the Anchorage fire was well known in Fairbanks. She appeared at the Talk of The Town for four weeks, recently, billed as the "Tiger Woman."
Her "Tiger" dance act was very popular at the night club.

Fairbanks Daily News Miner Alaska 1951-10-30