Sep 19 1963 Paradise Pines Rest Home Fire mentions Merie Sunderland
Â·Â· REST HOME RUINS--These are the remains of Ihe Paradise Pines Rest Home near Riggins, which was destroyed by f i r e Tuesday. Seycn elderly men died. (Associated Press Wircphoto) furnace Seen As Cause of Home Blaze COUNCIL, Idaho (AP)- Adams! County Coroner Gene La Fay said Wednesday lhat a date still has not been set for an inquesl into a fire thai leveled a rest home - n e a r Riggins Tuivday morning claiming t'nr. lives of seven elderly men. In the meantime, investigations at the state and county levels continued in an effort io determine the exact cause of the blaze and to see what might he done to reduce reduce the danger of a similar tragedy tragedy in the future. An overheated wood burning furnace has been blamed unofficially unofficially for the firu which destroyed the Paradise Pines Rest Home about 14 miles south of Riggins on the Little Salmon River near U. S. Highway 95 in west central . Idaho. Downey Students To Attend Schools DOWNEY--Palmer Hyde. Swan Lake, and Michael Georgeson, Downey, left for Provn.to enroll at Brigham Young University; Hyde is returning lo BYU 'and Georgeson is transferring from Idaho State University. Both are returned LDS missionaries. Reed Hanson, McCammon, who lias just relumed from Â· an LDS Mission, will also enroll at Brigham Brigham Young University for his second second year. Joan Joan Henderson, Downey, will enroll at Utah State University for her third year and her brother, Paul, will begin his first year there. Lewiston, 747 feet above sea level, is the lowest point in the state. The furnace was located near an annex in which the seven men tvho perishud were sleeping.. Dick Adams, chief of the hospital hospital facilities section of the State Keallh Department, said two investigators investigators were on the scene Wednesday "pulling loose ends together together on the investigation." He said results of (he investigation will be disclosed at the inquest, adding thai he has been notified he will be called as a witness. He.said arrangements have been made to house the 30 survivors of the fire in licensed facilities in southwestern Idaho. Twelve of the patients were housed temporarily at the Riggins Hot Springs Resort operated by Robert Saltcr, owner of the rest home, The other 18 Â·ere hospitalized at McCall for treatment of shock. "Cooperation has been tremendous tremendous from hospitals and the State Nursing Home Association in making making beds available for the survivors," survivors," he said. Adams said, however, that it will be tip tr the person or agency who placed the patients in Ihe home to provide permanent quart, ers for them. He said many of the patienls were Deparlmenl of Public Assistance Assistance recipients and that the department is already making arrangements arrangements for permanent quarters. quarters. State authorities said in Boise that records showed periodic inspections inspections had been made of the home. The reports indicated compliance compliance with regulations governing governing operation of such an establishment. establishment. Adams County Prosecutor Carl Swanstrom said a date for the inquest cannot be set until all witnesses witnesses are available for question- He said three members of the staff ore being treated for shock anil are still unable to give testimony. testimony. He identified them as Mrs. Saltcr, wife of the home owner; Mrs. Marie Sunderland, a nurses' aide, and Mrs. Lucille Fry, a licensed licensed practical nurse. TO MEXICO--Delwyn Gardner Gardner Taylor, son 'of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle' Curtis, 147 Roosevelt, Roosevelt, will serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with headquarters headquarters in Lomas de Chapiil- lepec, Mexico. He will be honored honored at a farewell testimonial Sunday at 4:30 p.m. in the Fifth Ward chapel, Elm and McKinley. McKinley. He is a 1361 graduate of Pocatcllo High School and attended attended Idaho Stale University one year. He will enter Ihe mission home in Salt Lake City Oct. 7.