Oct 03 1963 Rest Home Fire

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Oct 03 1963 Rest Home Fire - 26-IDAHO STATE JOURNAL Thursday, October 3,...
26-IDAHO STATE JOURNAL Thursday, October 3, 1963 ·- NEW OLDSMOBILE--The now Jotslnr 88 series for J961 is~a lowcr-priccd~companSnn(o Tha _ high performing Dynnmie 88 and Super 88. Tlio Holiday sedan, shown above, is one of four - models in llils OldsmoMtc scries. A new lightweight, cast-Iron .Telfiro Rocktt V-8 engine, deliv- -.. ermg 245 h.ji, and an optional 280 h.p. version, aro teamed wilh un entirely now Jctawny -·""- transmission, available n| extra cost. pest Home Owners Cleared Pf Negligence in Blaze r;NEW MEADOWS, Idaho (AP) ;--A verdict clearing the owner ial the Paradise Pines rest home ;of criminal intent or knowing ncg- Jigcnce in a fire that claimed the ^tyes of seven elderly men was -returned by an Aclnms County Coroner's jury. ^-The jury did not defermine the Realise of the fire ..but said it be- Sieved tfie turning-off of a fan con- -necleri to an auxiliary wootl fur- jnace may have contributed to the ·blaze. ~It also questioned action on the 39rt of the Slate Health Dcparl- -ment in approving installation ol 3ic furnace without requiring in- "spcction by qualified personnel. "-The jury returned its verdict ?Jtci studying testimony given at -an all-day hearing at the Lazy ~K restaurant near the site of the home which burned to the ground Sept. 17. The home was located on U.S. Highway 95 about 14 miles south ol Riggins. 'Adams County Prosecutor Carl Swanstrom, who conducted the hearing for Coroner Gene LaF'ay, Silled officials of the State Health Department, employes of |he Ernie, the owner, Roliert Sailers and one of the 30 patients who escaped the blaze. .Most ol the testimony ccnlert. around the furnace which author [ties earlier said they belicvw could have caused the fire. - Richard Adams, chief of th hospital facilities section of th State Health Department, said th furnace, a manually operate ivood burning installation, woul. not have been approved for us In a new facility. - . B u t he said regulations do no bar installation ol such furnace In homes constructed prior to I960. The Paradise Pines home was licensed licensed by the slate as a nursing home in 1958, Suiters said (ho furnace was installed installed in January, 1063, and was nlcndcd for use as an auxiliary leating u n i t , lie said the main icating plant' at the home ron sisled of an oil furnace and a arge wood burning furnace located located in the basement. 2 Youths Await Action on Holdup MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) _ Two Juchley, Wash., youths are wait- ng district court action on charge sf assault with intent to commit rmed robbery. Eugene Steven Maas, 19, and .cRoy England, 17, were bound over to the higher court Tuesday after waiving preliminary hear- 'ng. They are accused of holding up a Troy, Idaho filling station Monday morning. llilding'' Underman, an attendant, attendant, said the pair drove into the station, ordered gasoline then brandished a shotgun demanding money. He said the youths fired the shotgun into the air and fled after he told them the till was empy. Officers said Maas and England were arresed here later after a citizen alerted police. Officers said a shotgun was recovered from the car. Both men have been remanded to (he custody of the Ltah County sheriff in lieu of $3,000 bonds. Adams said the installation was appiovcd a f t e r Salters complied wilh instructions to install a steel lined door and line the furnace loom with % inch .sliectrock. The furnace room was adjacent to an annex where the seven men wlio died were sleeping. Olto Smith, a maintenance man at the home, said he had stoked Ihe auxiliary furnace Ihe night More the fire. He 'testified that he turned off tlie fan so that cold air would not be blown into the rooms if Ihe fire went out during during the night. George Steelman, Council furniture furniture and appliance dealer, testified testified (hat Ihe furnace could have become overheated with the fan off. lie said it was possible for Heat lo be conducted to the ceiling ouLside the furnace room by the asbestos covered ducts. Adams said fire protection regulations regulations for nursing homes depend on local fire inspectors. Dorsey Warr, New Meadows oil distributor and fire inspector for he area, said he had inspected Iht home on the basis of a ques- lionnaire distributed by the state. Salers testified that nurses and employes at the home had acted n accordance with emergency procedures outlined by him. George W. Shepard. a patient at the home, told the jury he was awakened by an automatic fire alarm bell. He testified that after he left the building he took a garden hose onto the roof but that there was no water pressure. Sailers said there is normally enough pressure to operate six iawn sprinklers. He said the water system operated on gravity from a lank filled by two springs, lioss faces Ihe cd university lour 32 times. wife his 10 Alexander slate way Barnett a the In work both scramble (lie lie Iried lions

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  1. Idaho State Journal,
  2. 03 Oct 1963, Thu,
  3. Page 24

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