Ocean Grove, NJ Hotel Fire, Mar 1938
SHORE HOTEL FIRE LOSS, $200,000.
Asbury Park, March 8 -- Fanned by high wind, fire destroyed the 300-room North End Hotel at nearby Ocean Grove. Eleven firemen were injured.
The five-story hotel was built in 1924 after the original North End Hotel was razed by flames.
One fireman was saved from possible death by his metal hat. PERCY ELDRIDGE, Ocean Grove, was struck by a 20-foot chunk of cornice that fell five stories. His hat was jammed down over his head.
The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, a Methodist organization, purchased the property last year and used it as a meeting place for ministers and visitors on vacation. It was the only North Shore hotel that forbade Sunday bathing on the beachfront.
JOSEPH THOMAS, manager of the association, placed the loss at $200,000, all covered by insurance.
Chester Times Pennsylvania 1938-03-08