Rouyn, QC Hotel Fire, Nov 1938

Fire Sweeps Hotel, 9 Die

ROUYN, Quebec, Canada, Nov. 12. (UP)—Nine persons were believed to have been killed Saturday in a fire which destroyed the Albert Hotel and eight other buildings in this mining town’s business district.

The fire was discovered by a hotel guest who said two muffled explosions preceded it. The flames, fanned by a strong wind, spread quickly. By the time they had died down two hotels, a garage, three stores and three residents were in ruins.

Mayor J. O. Tardif checked the hotel register with police and said there was little doubt nine missing persons died in the fire.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 13 Nov 1938

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Eight Are Missing in Quebec Fire

ROUYN, Quebec, Nov. 12.—(Canadian Press)—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.

Search for possible victims was hampered by flames which smoldered in the ruins several hours. 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 blaze 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.

Alex Le Clerc, Rouyn town clerk, told police that he discovered the fire shortly after he heard what sounded like two muffled explosions.

Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH 13 Nov 1938