Despite Errors, Hospital Fire Has Happy Ending

Issue 4 and Volume 103.

Despite Errors, Hospital Fire Has Happy Ending Ten hours after fire mushroomed through a Davenport, Ia., hospital (January 6) and cost 41 lives, LaPorte, Ind., firemen hacked their way into a laundry chute in Holy Family hospital to halt what easily could have become the third hospital disaster within a year. Fire Chief Mike Fizsimmons said the $1,500 blaze which climbed four stories up the chute from the first floor and destroyed a utility room, taught him a lot about fighting fires in hospitals, and how they might be prevented. He shook a scornful finger at hospital employes. Nurses and attendants at Holy Family hospital were visibly shaken by the blaze which for a while threatened the lives of the institution’s 100 patients, babies and personnel. But they were not as alarmed as Chief Fitzsimmons, who charged a series of errors on the part of the hospital could have turned…

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