Lake Placid, NY Hotel Ruisseaumont Fire, Jul 1909

Hotel Ruisseaumont


Employe[sic] of the Ruisseaumont Went Back for His Watch---Dies of His Injuries.


Young New York Woman Was Overlooked at First, but Later Taken Down on a Rope---$180,000 Loss.

Special to The New York Times.

LAKE PLACID, N. Y., July 2.----One death and several narrow escapes from death are the result of the destruction of the second hotel by fire at this resort within the space of a few weeks. Albert Clapsaddle of Ilion, N.Y., an employe[sic] of the Hotel Ruisseaumont, who was badly burned when that hotel was destroyed by fire at an early hour this morning, died of his injuries this afternoon. A number of New Yorkers who lost all of their personal belongings and suffered greatly from shock are now being cared for at other hotels and at the cottages here. They were aroused from sleep and had to hurry from the hotel.

Clapsaddle, who was houseman at the Ruisseaumont and roomed on the third floor under the tower in which the fire was first discovered, lost his life by going back to his room for his watch, when he was overcome by the flames and burned from head to foot, before he was finally [last line missing].

A New York woman who had a narrow escape from death is Miss A. C. Quinlan of 20 West Thirty-first Street. She reached the Ruisseaumont last night, and when the alarm was given, after William Washburn, a watchman, discovered the fire, she was overlooked.

When she opened her door she found her way cut off by the flames, which had destroyed the stairs and were sweeping through the corridor of the second floor on which her door opened.

Rushing to the window she shouted for help. George B. Merriam, Chief of the Lake Placid firemen, and others managed to get as far as the room below Miss Quinlan with a rope. From that point David A. Roche of 230 Elm Street, Albany, climbed up one of the burning supports of the veranda and worked his way along the eaves. With great difficulty he finally reached Miss Quinlan's room, where he made the rope fast. Then he slid to the ground with Miss Quinlan in his arms.

Among other New York people in the hotel, who had narrow escapes were Mrs. W. K. Cleverly of 603 Seventh Street, Brooklyn, wife of the assistant cashier of the Second National Bank of New York, and her daughter, Miss Elsie G. Cleverley. They were taken to a near-by camp, where they were cared for by Mrs. George McLaughlin of New York.

Miss Pearl Worden of the Hotel Marseilles of New Yorjk lost all of her personal belongings. Other New Yorkers who had narrow escapes were Mr. and Mrs. F. Beinhauer of 156 East Sixty-third Street, Dr. George I. Glaze and his daughter, Mrs. C. D. Posey, who live in an apartment house on Riverside Drive, at 135th Street; Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Birch, their children, Ledyard and Clement Birch, of 612 West 114th Street, and Mrs. Birch's maid, Anna Esselinger.

Dr. Glaze lost in addition to his clothing $400 in cash, which was in his pockets, and William Smith of 568 East Eighth street, Trenton, N. J., who occupied a room on the third floor, lost $100 in bills, which he had placed beneath his pillow.

Miss Gertrude Sager of Niagara Falls, who was a member to a party of young women who had won in a voting contest and were on a trip through the Adirondacks chaperoned by Mrs. E. D. Seymour of La Salle, N. Y., lost a valuable diamond ring she had won in the contest.

The origin of the fire is not known. It was discovered by teh night watchman in the tower of the hotel half an hour after he had been there at midnight to turn out the acetylene light.

The loss is estimated at about $180,000, and is covered by insurance. The Ruisseaumont was built in 1893 and had accommodations for 300 persons. It was owned by the Lake Placid Improvement Company, of which W. Z. Larned of New York is President.

A few weeks ago Whiteface Inn, across the lake, was totally destroyed by fire. The loss of these hotels is a blow to the resort.

W. Z. Larned said yesterday through his secretary that until the Directors of the corporation met nothing definite as to the rebuilding of the Ruisseaumont would be decided. It was added, however, that it was quite certain that a new Hotel Ruisseaumont would be built.

The New York Times, New York, NY 3 Jul 1909