Fatal Anchorage A. F. Hospital Fire

Issue 5 and Volume 107.

Fatal Anchorage A. F. Hospital Fire An Army Air Force nurse died in a flash fire on Feb. 3rd last, which swept through the west wing of the 5005th Air Force Hospital, 10 miles north of Anchorage, Alaska. Twenty-one other nurses fled through the only other exit not involved by fire in their nightclothes while winds up to 50 miles an hour fanned the flames. The fire, which caused an estimated $100,000 loss, was controlled after a long fight by 185 military fire fighters, who cut off the extension of the blaze to other sections of the rambling one-story station hospital. A total of 186 regular hospital patients, many of them small children and stretcher cases, were evacuated to Anchorage’s new Alaska Service Hospital. Among the patients were eight women expecting babies. Six hospital members were treated for smoke exhaustion and shock. (Continued on page 449) Anchorage Hospital Fire (Continued…

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