Dallas, TX Explosion At Baker Hotel, June 1946
EXPERTS SEARCH FOR CAUSE OF BAKER HOTEL EXPLOSION.
SEVEN ARE DEAD AND 41 INJURED IN DALLAS BLAST.
ACCIDENT TOOK PLACE IN SUB-BASEMENT ON REFRIGERATION JOB.
Dallas, June 22 (AP) -- Firemen and wreck experts dug today in the rubble-filled basement of the swank Baker hotel with possibility they may uncover more victims of the terrific explosion which Friday took a known toll of seven dead and 41 injured.
Explosions Expert GEORGE M. KINTZ of the United States Bureau of Mines said after a survey, "We can't tell a thing about the cause yet. It takes time -- the cause may never be confirmed."
Third Major Disaster.
Fire Chief C. N. PENN called in KINTZ and E. L. MITCHELL of San Antonio, representative of the National Board of Fire Underwriters, to assist in an exhaustive investigation. The explosion was the third major hotel disaster in the nation in 16 days.
The explosion took place shortly before noon in a sub-basement where workmen were installing refrigeration equipment. Ammonia in huge quantities poured out of the basement and into the lobby and rooms.
Guests were orderely and no panic ensued. Some on the upper floors started hurrying out with baggage but returned to their rooms when firemen assured them there was no danger of fire.
Building Termed Safe.
City Building Inspector JOHN FIES said the building was sound and safe despite a gaping hole in the east wall at the basement level. Guests were ordered to evacuate their rooms, but returned in a few minutes after it was decided the building was safe.
No guests were known to be killed or injured. The victims were hotel employes or outside workmen. The explosion shook the 18-story, 700-room building and made skyscrapers tremble for blocks around.
The Port Arthur News Texas 1946-06-22