Shelter Island, NY (off Greenport, L.I.) Hotel Fire, Aug 1922
CUPOLA FIRE BURNS HOTEL POGGATTICUT.
BLAZE FROM VALET'S STOVE CAUSES $200,000 LOSS ON SHELTER ISLAND.
GUESTS LOSE BELONGINGS.
FERRYBOAT BRINGS FIREMEN AND APPARATUS -- PUMP WATER FROM BAY -- TO REBUILD.
Greenport, L. I., Aug. 11. -- The Hotel Poggatticut on Shelter Island, formerly the Prospect House, was practically destroyed by fire today. Nearly 250 guests, mostly from Manhattan and Brooklyn, lost the greater part of their belongings. The loss was estimated at more than $200,000.
The fire started in the cupola of the hotel half an hour after noon while most of the guests were on the beach. The explosion of the valet's gasoline stove used to heat irons for pressing clothes is blamed. The flames spread rapidly and consumed most of the two upper floors of the four-story main building. The two lower floors were partly burned and the contents damaged by water.
Firemen and apparatus from Greenport were sent over on the ferry boat to assist the local firemen and succeeded in saving the annex. Water was obtained by pumping from the bay. The ferry boat made two trips carrying the Greenport firemen and their engines and hook and ladder truck.
MRS. WILLIAM M. CALDER of Brooklyn, wife of the United States Senator, and their son, WILLIAM M. CALDER, JR., were among the guests. This was MRS. CALDER'S second experience in a hotel fire within a year. She and Senator Calder were living in the New Willard Hotel in Washington last Winter when fire there routed out many of the guests at night.
Others in the hotel were HAROLD G. CORTIS, a New York lawyer, and MRS. CORTIS, AUGUST C. FLAMMAN, Assistant District Attorney of Kings County, and the family of HENRY E. BEMIS, manager of the Royal Poinciana Hotel at Palm Beach. As the fire started at the top of the hotel and burned downward, the guests then in the building had plenty of opportunity to escape.
The only person injured was Deputy Sheriff W. FORREST CONKLIN of the Greenport Fire Department, who twisted an arm when he slipped and fell while working on a ladder.
The hotel is owned by the Shelter Island Securities Corporation, of which GEORGE N. WEBSTER of 60 Wall Street, New York City, is president. The hotel had recently been remodeled at a cost of $100,000, and with the annex and the furnishings represented an investment of about $500,000.
Many of the guests obtained quarters in the annex and in cottages, but others returned to their homes. It was announced that the hotel would be rebuilt.
The New York Times New York 1922-08-12