Minneapolis, MN Kenwood Hotel Fire, Feb 1917

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Hotel Kenwood

TWELVE MISSING IN FIRE.

SCORE MAY HAVE DIED IN MINNEAPOLIS BLAZE.

ONE WOMAN JUMPS TO DEATH -- FIREMEN ARRIVING LATE ARE ATTACKED BY CROWD.

Minneapolis, Minn., Feb. 12. -- Firemen are searching the smoking ruins of the Kenwood Hotel for the bodies of a dozen persons missing since the fire which started Sunday about midnight. MRS. LUCILLE SQUIRE, 30 years old, was killed when she jumped from a third-story window, missing the life-net and striking the pavement. Twelve guests were taken to the hospital suffering from burns. An explosion of gasoline in the basement of the wooden building is thought to have caused the blaze.
Five persons were seen to fall back into the flames when a ledge from which they were preparing to leap gave way.
Spectators who arrived before the fire department rescued many of the hotel residents by piling boxes against the outer walls, which served as fire escapes for the lower floors. It is estimated there were at least 76 persons in the building when the fire started. Many on lower floors saved themselves by jumping from windows.
When the first fire company arrived 20 minutes late and without ladders, the infuriated spectators attacked the firemen. Capt. TIM SULLIVAN of Engine Co. No. 4 was struck over the head with a club and his scalp cut.

Moberly Daily Index Missouri 1917-02-13

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THIRTEEN LIVES LOST IN HOTEL IN MINNEAPOLIS.

KENWOOD HOTEL BURNED EARLY MONDAY MORNING, TWO KILLED IN JUMPING, OTHERS IN RUINS.

(By United Press.)
Minneapolis, Feb. 12. -- Thirteen lives were lost early this morning when fire destroyed the Kenwood Hotel in this city. One man and one woman were killed when they jumped from a window and it is thought that eleven others are buried in the ice incrusted debris of the ruins. There were sixty-eight guests in the hotel and all were placed in the greatest peril. Most of those rescued escaped in their night clothes, not being able to save their clothing and baggage. There were a number of narrow escapes.

Oelwein Register Iowa 1917-02-14