New York, NY Hotel Maguery Explosion and Fire, Jan 1930

EXPLOSION AND FIRE TAKES LIVES OF TWO.

NEW YORK HOTEL GUEST COLLAPSES REACHING SAFETY; ELEVATOR MAN TRAPPED.

New York, Jan. 4 -- (AP)-- Fire department officials today sought the cause of an explosion and fire which cost two lives and did damage estimated at $100,000 in the Hotel Maguery, a Park Avenue apartment hotel.

MRS. LOUIS LICHTENSTEIN, 60, who had been attending her husband ill in bed in the eleventh floor apartment, collapsed and died after she and her husband reached the street.
WILLIAM CASS, 50, an elevator operator, was found dead in his elevator car between the third and fourth floors. He had been burned to death by the flames which shot up the elevator shaft after failure of the power stalled his car.

The fire was discovered at 9 o'clock last night in the sub basement. Soon after the first fire companies arrived there was an explosion which shook the building and shattered several windows.

A fire chief and 20 men were bowled over by the force of the blast when the explosion occurred. Eight firemen were overcome by smoke. All were given medical aid on the scene and remained on duty.

Bismarck Tribune North Dakota 1930-01-04

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