Villard Hotel Burned at Pasco, Tex.
The Villard hotel, the first modern hotel to be built in Pasco, Wash., was destroyed by fire recently, involving a loss of about $60,000. The hotel, which had been built for about five years, was 66 by 100 feet, three-story and basement, being constructed entirely of brick, and was believed by Pasco citizens to be fireproof. But the rapidity with which the flames ate through the walls revealed only too plainly the flimsy nature of the construction. The Villard had been one of the most popular hotels in eastern Washington. A high wind was blowing when the fire broke out and, although the lire department worked with desperation, the intense heat drove them back to such a distance that little impression could be made with the streams. An extra crew of chefs had been working until a late hour cooking chickens and other edibles for the banquet which had been arranged to be given in honor of Governor Ernest Lister the previous night, and the refuse had been thrown into the furnace in the basement, as was customary. Whether the furnace fire was thus smothered and later exploded or whether the fire started from the kitchen is not definitely known. W. II. Welch. of Connell, who had gone to I’nsco to attend the court house dedication exercises, was the last person to leave tBe building, going down a fire escape after he had finished dressing. Practically nothing was saved from the building, manv of the occupants of the rooms losing even their clothing and personal effects.