Newport, OR Nye Beach Natatorium Fire, Jan 1922

NATATORIUM BURNS

NEWPORT, Ore., Jan. 16.---The Nye Beach Natatarioum[sic], one of Newport's principal amusement resorts, was practically destroyed by fire early today. The loss, which included all the contents of the building was estimated at $15,000 covered by insurance.

The firemen had difficulty in preventing the spread of the flames which for a time threatened the entire Nye Beach business section.

Olympia Daily Recorder, Olympia, WA 16 Jan 1922

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NATATORIUM IS BURNED

Nye Beach Building at Newport is Destroyed.

NEWPORT, Or., Jan. 16. (Special.) ---Fire early today destroyed the Nye Beach natatorium building. When discovered the building was enveloped in flames and the Newport firemen devoted their efforts to saving nearby business houses and the summer section. For more than an hour a large setcion[sic] of Nye Beach was showered with flaming shingles which were carried far by a strong wind. Combined efforts of the fire department and hundreds of citizens, helped by a downpour of rain, prevented the blaze from spreading.

The natatorium was owned by E. M. Baker who said that the loss was around $30,000, partially covered by insurance. An agate shop in the building operated by Ruderman and son also was destroyed with an estimated loss of $1500. Other store rooms in the building included a picture show, bowling alleys, shooting gallery and other small concession stands.

The cause of the fire is not known. Mr. Baker will likely rebuild the natatorium.

Morning Oregonian, Portland, OR 17 Jan 1922