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 - and we heard someone inside, but nobody...
and we heard someone inside, but nobody answered, so we knocked it down, and the gentleman in there was an 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 elderly and dressed In their nightclothes, assembled in the hotel lobby and were taken by bus to the Corpus Christi gymnasium, where they waited 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 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 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- Blair, Alexis traffic Elgin . She tained heavy smoke and water driven J?? 3 ^',, ,. Barrington, Firefighters carried hoses up on m, the ladders and pulled them a uto through the windows nearly 100 Flynn, feet above the streets. A larger pe r's line was carried up a. fire es- } ng to cape on the north side of the Police building, and a stream of water was was sprayed into the Barash \ n a apartment at the core of the cres t 0 Treated at Hospital again tt ^ re * 'Pepper „ , . . . , _. Blair Several hotel residents were af rival treated for smoke inhalation at thorities the St. Mary's Hospital emer- tand Mrs ^ Mrs. gency .room, and Mrs Ethel William, Custer Pntchard, publisher of ize d the Galesburg Register-Mail, condition who also lives m a seventh- an d floor apartment, was admitted br6kefl Her condition was ^good, and cofding she was expected to be released District 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 wrestled hoses up the ladders and into the building. None was seriously hurt, and all were released after treatment. Firemen working on the top floor used portable air packs as they fought the blaze. Airpacks Necessary "My driver and 1 went up to ; the seventh floor when we go |, there, and had to go back/' • Sieberlich said. "You couldn't make it without the airpacks." Air tanks designed to last 30 minutes were used up in less ' than 15 minutes, according to firemen who were fighting the flames in the intense heat. They were recharged and put back into service. Firefighters worked in groups to avoid becoming separated in the smoke-filled halls and rooms. "We didn't make any headway on it at all for 20 minutes." Police investigated Mrs. wrong Miss 1950 attended School Patricia Chicago Western She of the Alexis Norwood Church. Blair brother, mother Sept. Norwood Church Burial Cemetery. McKnight Alexis evening. been the Seiberlich reported. Fire officials said de- Pe partment officials said they feared the flames, which were licking along the hallways, would reach the stairwell or the elevator shafts and spread to other floors. "It could have been a real : disaster," Webber remarked today. Charles there

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  1. Galesburg Register-Mail,
  2. 23 Oct 1972, Mon,
  3. Page 2

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