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i ' xc .V wcrc Overcome along With six Others fighting {lift I>I«W!C. TWMlt.V additional officers Rlld tllcn also " c( j think Oil Fed Flames Engutf Sandia Guard House By KIMS MOTMEttSHEAD ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. /P— Oll-fcd flames, leaping lightning fast through a Samlia Base guardhouse, snuffed out the lives of 14 military prisoners last night. TrapfMjd with them in the tinder-dry wood structure, I ho prison's other two inmates Were injured critically, It Was the first major disaster in the history of the war-hullt Installation Installation — now a semi-secret assembly point for the atomic bomb. Two guards, alerted by prisoners' cries, vainly tried to rescue them from behind bars and meshed wire'windows. for smoke effects. H was nil over 25 minutes after the first alarm was sounded at 7:35 p.m. (MST). Thirteen of the prisoners apparently apparently died In the first few seconds; the other succumbed two hours later at a hospital. Most of the victims were believed believed to have Inhaled the intense, intense, almost instantaneous heat and suffocated, Sandia authorises said. Guards reported reported there were few outcries outcries to indicate any suffered long. Contrary to first reports. Ma|. Kenneth Kolsler, Snndla's intelligence intelligence officer, said there was no evidence of an explosion. Examination of the charred, originally was an air filed aiid later used to store hundreds" of. war retired planes. It became a secret Installation after World War II and has muhroomed In size and Importance In recent years. The fire was sighted at 7:35 p.m. (MSI 1 ), A prisoner called out to one of the guards. In approximately approximately 15 minutes tho building wag gutted. The guard, corporation Miller, said he saw a flash of light and' called out to Private Henry to sound I ha fire alarm. "I started to try to release the prisoners from th e ce j| Blocks," he-related lo Investigators.' "Bo- fore I was able to unlock the first door, the flame and heat and smoke

Clipped from Clovis News-Journal09 Mar 1950, ThuPage 1

Clovis News-Journal (Clovis, New Mexico)09 Mar 1950, ThuPage 1
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