Grossinger, NY Fire At Famous Hotel, Feb 1954

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GROSSINGER FIRE KILLS 7; 26 ARE INJURED.

VICTIMS TRAPPED IN ANNEX; FAMED HOTEL UNTOUCHED.

Grossinger, N.Y., Feb. 28 (AP) - Seven employees were killed and 26 injured today in an early morning fire which flashed through a staff residence on the grounds of the widely known Grossinger Hotel and country club.
The guest quarters of the huge establishment were not endangered and most of the hotel's 900 guests were unaware of the blaze, a Grossinger spokesman said.
Included among those injured were a number who jumped from upper windows of the burning 2 1/2 story stucco-covered frame structure.
All who fled were clad only in nightclothes. The condition of one of the injured was listed as serious.

Damage $30,000.
Fire authorities estimated the damage at $30,000.
The dead were all trapped in the building, investigators said.
Grossinger's is the largest and best known hotel in the Catskill Mountains resort area, 100 miles north of New York City, popularly referred to as the "Borscht Belt."
Among the guests at the hotel unaware of the fire was Rocky Marciano, world's heavyweight boxing champion, who has his training camp on the grounds.
The fire, of undetermined cause, was discovered on an upper story about 6 a.m. EST.

Dead Identified.
The dead were identified as:
FRED HAAS, 51, and his wife ERNA, 48, employed in the snack canteen.
MISS SONNIE ROSENTHAL, 36, waitress.
DAVID BERNSTEIN, 30, and his wife HANNAH, 32, waiter and office employee respectively.
MISS CATHERINE KRICK, 45, of Youngsville, a weekend employee.
JACK SHILDKRET, 40, of Ellenville, another weekend worker.
The first five lived permanently on the hotel grounds.
Only one of the injured was reported in serious condition. She is MISS ANNA RUBENSTEIN, 58, of Liberty, a waitress.

Building Gutted.
The 27-room building in which 65 hotel workers were housed was gutted.
The building was several hundred feet from the main hotel, at the bottom of a hill.

Oneonta Star New York 1954-03-01