Iowa City, IA St. James Hotel Fire, Jan 1911

Fire Destroys Iowa Hotel
 
Man Jumps From Fire Escape and is Seriously Injured
 
Iowa City, Ia., Jan. 9.-Fire of unknown origin destroyed the St. James hotel block here with a loss of approximately $60,000.
 
Guests of the hotel narrowly escaped death when they were forced to the street in night clothing.
 
W. J. Rutherford of Nennah, Wis., jumped from a fire escape and was seriously injured.
 
Aberdeen Daily News, Aberdeen, SD 9 Jan 1911
 
[Note:  Apparently, the hotel wasn't a total loss. Damage from the $60,000 fire must have been repaired.  The hotel was destroyed five years later in a $350,000 fire.  Read about it here.]