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Carlsbad, NM Hostelry Fire, Dec 1934

FOUR BURNED IN HOTEL FIRE.

FIVE OTHERS CRITICALLY INJURED WHEN CARLSBAD HOSTELRY IS DESTROYED.

(By Associated Press)
Carlsbad, N. M., Dec. 23. -- Four persons lost their lives and five others were severely burned in a fire which destroyed a hotel here early today.
The dead:
MRS. JOHN OWEN, about 24, of Portales, N.M.
CLYDE OWEN, year-old son of MRS. OWEN.
J. B. MORRISON, about 23, of Woodson, Tex.
FELIX MILLER, 68, rancher near Carlsbad, whose body was found in the ruins late today by searchers.
The bodies of MRS. OWEN and her child were found two feet from a door toward which she ran to escape death. MORRISON'S body lay in a hallway near another door. He, too, was overcome by the fire and smoke before he could escape.
Those critically injured were taken to a hospital.
The cause of the fire was not determined.
Critically burned or cut in their flight were:
MR. and MRS. T. D. JOHNSON, proprietors of the hotel (Carlsbad Inn).
NESTOR OJA, a miner near here.
E. A. WILLIAMS.
MARK HARDIN.
JOHNSON suffered bad burns and cuts.
MRS. OWEN was a daughter of E. A. Thompson of Portales, N. M. Struggling through the flames with her baby in her arms, the woman dropped as she was about to emerge from the blazing two-story frame structure. Beside her lay the body of the baby.
The fire broke out about 4:30 a.m. and in a few minutes the inn was enveloped in flames.
The blaze started near a stove, but authorities were not able to determine its cause.
Besides those in the hospital, about 10 other guests fled in night clothes from the building. None of them was seriously hurt, although one, W. A. HODGES, required medical treatment.
MORRISON, one of the dead, was a truck driver. He came here only a few days ago from Woodson.

San Antonio Express Texas 1934-12-24



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