Rouyn, QB Hotel Fire, Nov 1938

8 GUESTS MISING IN HOTEL BLAZE.

BLOCK WIPED OUT BY BLAZE IN QUEBEC MINING TOWN.

Rouyn, Quebec, Nov. 12 (AP) -- Eight persons were reported missing today after a $250,000 fire which wiped out an entire block in the main business section of this mining town in northern Quebec.
The search for the possible victims was hampered by flames which continued to smoulder in the ruins several hours after the fire started in the three-story Albert Hotel and spread quickly to the Commercial Hotel and a half dozen smaller buildings.
Three persons were injured, two critically, by the pre dawn fire which sent 50 guests of the two hotels fleeing in sleeping attire. The most seriously burned were SAM ALLARD of Kirkland Lake, Ont., and A. J. H. STEVENSON of Toronto.
Those listed as missing were:
MR. and MRS. DUCHCANE, Montreal.
ALMA LETOURNEAU, Lasarre, Northern Quebec.
I. LEGARE, Val D'Or, Quebec.
ROMUALD COUTU, Rouyn.
W. H. BROWNELL, post office inspector of North Tay, Toronto.
JACK COLENACHAN, Rouyn jeweler.
ETIENNE PELLAND, Rouyn town engineer.
A ninth person, FRED PLATT of Sigma Mines, near Rouyn, who was listed earlier among the missing, appeared late today and said he had registered at the Albert Hotel but was not in his room when the fire swept the building.
ALEX LE CLERE, Rouyn town clerk, told police that he discovered the fire shortly after he heard what sounded like two muffled explosions.

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