Hot Springs, AR Arlington Hotel Burns, Apr 1923

Arlington Hotel Arlington Hotel Fire, photo from Arlington Hotel Fire, photo from Hotel Blaze



Hot Springs, Ark., April 5. -- One fireman was killed and two other firemen were seriously hurt late tonight when the walls of the Arlington hotel, noted hotelsry, which was destroyed by fire late today, crumbled and fell upon them as they were working in the ruins with a hose line. GEORGE FORD is the dead man. JOHN WOOD suffered a broken leg and BUTLER BROWN was badly crushed.
The fire was of undetermined origin. All guests, numbering more than 300, escaping without serious injury, although dense smoke threatened to overcome many as they groped for exits.
The loss was estimated tonight as upward of a million dollars, with something more than half that sum covered by insurance. In addition, loss of personal effects, including jewelry, money and clothing of guests, will run into a considerable fire loss. Most of the hotel occupants were left with no personal property other than the clothing they wore when the alarm was given.
The escape of many guests and employees was facilitated by the mountain slope on which the hotel was built; at the rear of the building egress is possible from each floor to the mountainside.

Prominent Guests.
The register of guests at the Arlington included: MR. and MRS. W. G. GALLAGHER and MR. and MRS. LEE CHRISTIAN, Owosso, Mich.; W. S. ROOT and wife, Cleveland; DR. E. L. TOBIE, Buffalo; L. A. BROWNING, St. Louis; H. C. LERRIMAN, Chicago; T. S. MOFFLAND, Tulsa, Okla., oil man; JAMES P. RAND and C. S. ELLISON and wife, Chicago; MRS. JON T. ROBINSON, wife of the United States senate minority leader; W. T. BAILEY and his mother, Duluth; MR. HOFFMAN, son of the sheriff of Cook county, Illinois, and WILLIAM PINKERTON, head of the PINKERTON Detective agency.
The fire was discovered in the basement of the hotel at 3 o'clock this afternoon at which time it had already gained considerable headway. Strenuous efforts of the city fire department personnel were unavailing in checking its spread, though it was confined to the lower part of the building for an hour. Dense smoke in corridors and even outside the burning building interfered with the work of the fire-fighters.

Rescued by Firemen.
Fully fifty persons unable to reach the rear and blocked from stairs by the smoke-filled halls, were rescued by firemen who reached the front windows on hook and ladder equipment.
The time of the fire was regarded as a fortunate curcumstance, many of the hotel guests being outdoors where the weather was clear and inviting.
The Arlington had accommodations for approximately 500 guests. For four months last summer it was closed for the making of improvements at an estimated expense of $137,000.
No plans for rebuilding were announced tonight by officials of the company which owned the property.

The Atlanta Constitution Georgia 1923-04-06


1923 Arlington Fire Death, Hot Springs, AR-George D. Ford

My great Grandfather, grandfather to my Dad(Jimmy C. Ford), and father to my grandfather(Otis S. Ford), is the George David Ford who died in this fire!

GEORGE DAVID FORD was born Aug. 29,1880 (Marble Township, AR) and died April 5,1923 Hot Springs, AR and buried at Center Hill Cemetery, Hot Springs, AR. He married Paralee Norman and they had 6 children.


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Butler Brown was my

Butler Brown was my grandfather. Thank you for this article and a part of history.

Arlington fire

Butler Brown was my Grandpa. He lived to be in his 80's.

Elaine Clark

That was a wonderful detailed article!

Thank you.