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Des Moines, IA Hotel Fire, Apr 1929

Kirkwood Hotel Des Moines IA before fire.jpg

5 DEAD, SCORES INJURED DURING FIRE IN HOTEL.

FIREMEN BELIEVE MORE VICTIMS BURIED IN WRECKAGE OF $250,000 BUILDING.

12 RUSHED TO HOSPITALS.

FOUR JUMP FROM FIFTH FLOOR WHEN TRAPPED; CHECK-UP MISSING STARTS.

Des Moines, Iowa, April 6. -- (AP) -- At least five persons are dead and scores are suffering from injuries, burns and cuts received in a fire which broke out at the Kirkwood Hotel, shortly after 3 o'clock this morning.
Fire Chief Burnett after inspecting the wreckage expressed the belief that several additional might be found. He said a group of men and women had been reported holding a party in one of the rooms, and had not been found since. Firemen were almost unanimous in believing that more victims were buried in the debris.
The known dead:
W. F. RAIDLER.
MRS. RED WATSON.
"RED" JARRUP.
Two unidentified men.
Twelve persons were taken to hospitals and many others injured and burned were given first aid treatment. Between 125 and 150 persons were in the building when the fire broke out.
Two policemen, attracted by the screaming of woman, and a negro porter noticed the fire about the same time and turned in alarms. All fire companies in the city responded to the call, and all available ambulances were called to take the injured to hospitals.
Four men jumped from the fifth (top) floor to the top of the court which served as the roof of the first floor. Three of them are believed to be dead.
Police and hotel employes were busy this morning checking up the guests to see if any remained in the burning building.
The building which is a total loss, was valued at between $200,000 and $250,000. Constructed before the civil war, the hotel at the corner of Fourth and Walnut Streets was one of the oldest in the state.

The Lima News Ohio 1929-04-06



article | by Dr. Radut