Fire Razes Abandoned Hotel

Issue 11 and Volume 81.

Fire Razes Abandoned Hotel Five firemen were injured while fighting a blaze that started from an unknown cause in the once famous Russell Hotel. Ottawa, Can., untenanted and awaiting demolition. The fire broke out early in the evening of April 14 and lasted until the early hours the following day. Chief Robert Burnett, Deputy Chief Lemieux and District Chief Jack Bradley responded on the first alarm with apparatus from Stations 1, 2, 3, 4, 7. and 8. Within five minutes, Chief Burnett sent in a general call bringing out apparatus from Stations 5, 6, and 9, and men on the off-shift. Despite the work of the fire department, the fire lasted for eleven hours. The hotel was in operation for the past sixty years and was one of the oldest in the city. It was as dry as tinder and made ready fuel for the fire. Eighteen streams, including one…

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