Frame Hotel Fire Takes Heavy Toll of Life

Issue 5 and Volume 97.

Frame Hotel Fire Takes Heavy Toll of Life Blaze Believed to be of Incendiary Origin; One of a Series of Suspicious Fires at San Francisco TWENTY-TWO persons were killed and 27 others, six of them firemen, were injured when fire, starting shortly before midnight March 27, swept a threestory, frame hotel at Fourth and Clementina Streets in the heart of San Francisco’s “skid row.” Both Fire Chief Albert J. Sullivan and Fire Marshal Frank Kelly, head of the department’s Division of Fire Prevention and Investigation, expressed the opinion that a pyromaniac, possibly the one who set at least twenty-five other fires in the Bay Area over the previous weekend, was responsible. However, a coroner’s jury on April 6 decided on the evidence presented that “We are unable to determine the cause.” At the same time, the jury’s verdict recited that the rapid spread of the flames was due, at least…

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