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Aberdeen, WA Hotel Fire, Jul 1949

7 PERISH IN HOTEL FIRE.

SIX INJURED; 50 GUESTS FLEE.

Aberdeen, Wash. - (AP) - At least seven persons were killed and six injured in a hotel fire here yesterday.
An undetermined number of persons, probably about 50, escaped uninjured.
The small residential type hotel was destroyed. Cause of the fire was not known.
So far as could be learned immediately, the dead and injured all were from the Aberdeen region. Coroner E. F. Riley tentatively identified five of them:
PAUL MYRH, the proprietor.
MRS. MARY KEARNS, 74.
HUGH ROGERS, a paralytic.
MRS. BESHERS.
MRS. ABSHIRE.
Fire Chief Charles A. Borum said
seven bodies were found in the ruins after the flames had been extinguished. They were so badly burned identification was difficult.
The hotel was a two-story brick and wood structure. The first floor was occupied by shops and guest rooms all were on the second floor. The fire spread so quickly the hotel stairway was cut off and all guests were trapped on the second floor.

News-Journal Mansfield Ohio 1949-07-04



article | by Dr. Radut