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ister-Mail, Galesbur Hotel ster Of Resident By WILLIAM CAMPBELt (Staff Writer) man rolurncd to the top floorithing possible to save his wife, and were met by Barash, who Smoke was drifting from the The wife of a prominent Gales-!was forced from the burning top floor windows into the black burg attorney died early Sunday apartment by the smoke and rainsoaked morning, and fire- as a fife which started in her apartment raged through the heat. The desk clerk telephoned the ler. The body of Mrs. Burrcl (Rosalyne)* Barash, 62. was found ort her bed by firefighters who entered the charred apartment apartment on the northeast corner of the west section of the hotel. seventh floor of the Hotel Cms- j fire department. The call came into Central Fire Station about the same time an automatic same time an alarm system sounded, firemen said. Amato said he could detect only a faint odor of smoke when he arrived on the top floor but Mr. and Mrs. Barash had lived that a wall between the Barash in an apartment at; the hotel for more than a decade. A total of .138 residents were safely evacuated evacuated as firefighters fought the early morning blaze. The flames probably originated originated in Mrs. Barash's bed, apparently apparently from an electrical malfunction malfunction in an electric blanket, fire department investigators said today. The blaze was discovered about 4:25 a.m. by Barash, who awoke to discover his wife's bedroom in flames. He reportedly reportedly called to other residents on the floor and telephoned the desk clerk. Authorities said a construction worker, whose apartment was also on the top floor, smellled smoke and dashed dashed to the room of the owner- manager, Benni6 Amato. Amato and the unidentified apartment and the hallway was hot. He said he received a minor burn on his arm when he attempted to enter the apartment. apartment. Entrance Impossible 'There was no way you could get in there," he said, "with only about a foot of air on the floor bofaw the smoke, you had to crawl, and then there the heat" fighters could see at least two persons standing in an open window as they arrived on the scene. Rain pelted firefighters as they swung both aerial ladder trucks into position. "The first thing was to evacuate, evacuate, of course," Asst. Fire Chief Poster Seiberllch said later. "We wa on sure didn't want anyone jumping from up there." Sciberlich commands the second second shift, which was on duty when the alarm sounded. All but one of Galesburg's 49 firefighters firefighters were subsequently called called to the scene. Firemen raised ladders from the two trucks on the south and west sides of the building, while other firefighters and Galesburg police officers raced into the building and began to rouse the sleeping occupants. Residents Aroused "I knocked on a couple of doors and when I didn't get any response, I started kicking them in," a police officer, who went directly to the sixth floor, recounted recounted later, "Lots of elderly people up in those rooms; some we even took out on stretchers," he added. the scene and doing every- "We kept knocking on a door Forced back by did the dense smoke, Barash did not leave the floor, however, until a firefighter, firefighter, Jay Franey, heard him calling for his wife. Barash was on his stomach, inching along the hall toward the apartment to save his wife when Franey >vent after him. Barash finally left the floor after Franey assured assured him that firefighters were and we heard someone inside, but nobody answered, so we knocked it down, and the gentleman gentleman in there was an amputee, amputee, so we carried hirti down," another officer related Sunday afternoon. Police and firefighters also used axes to break into rooms when there were no answers at the doors. The occupants, mostly mostly elderly and dressed In their nightclothes, assembled in the hotel lobby and were taken by bus to the Corpus Christi gymnasium, gymnasium, where they waited until until the fire was extinguished. "We had to get them out of there," Galesburg Fire Chief Ted Webber said today.'"Some wanted to go back after personal personal items, and others just kept trying to get back to their rooms. We checked, double- checked, and checked he said. Evacuation Rapid Evacuation of the 138 occupants occupants was completed in less than 30 minutes, authorities said. The flames were under control in about 45 minutes, but 11 a.m., checking for hidden pockets of fire in woodwork arid walls. Three of the 12 aparlments on the top floor were gutted by fire. The others, as well as much of the sixth floor, sus- . She tained heavy smoke and water J?? 3 ^',, ,. Firefighters carried hoses up on the ladders and pulled them a through the windows nearly 100 feet above the streets. A larger pe line was carried up a. fire es- cape on the north side of the building, and a stream of water was sprayed into the Barash \ apartment at the core of the Treated at Hospital again tt ^ re * 'Pepper „ , . . . , _. Blair Several hotel residents were af treated for smoke inhalation at the St. Mary's Hospital emer- tand Mrs ^ gency .room, and Mrs Ethel Custer Pntchard, publisher of the Galesburg Register-Mail, who also lives m a seventh- floor apartment, was admitted Her condition was ^good, and she was expected to be released today. A Galesburg police officer and three firemen were among those treated. The patrolman firefighters remained on the . t . scene with four pumper trucks was suffering from smoke in- and the two ladder trucks un- halatl0n > ™* at ? r * ece '™ d til 9*30 am oxygen at Central Fire Sta- A "single "truck and cleanup «<>«• Th . e . thr , ee flr «nen received crew was still at the scene eft minor injuries as they groped - through smoke filled halls and

Clipped from Galesburg Register-Mail23 Oct 1972, MonPage 2

Galesburg Register-Mail (Galesburg, Illinois)23 Oct 1972, MonPage 2
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