Sep 17 1963 paradise pines rest home mentions Arthur Miller
cand con a c DOS an man mas s ' man a y o y o r ' gov Blaze Ousts 35 Others Near Riggins RIGGINS, Idaho (AP) - Seven patients, all men in Iheir 80s, died today in an early-morning fire lhat burned a mountain rest home to Ihe ground. About 35 others were evacuated safely. Mrs. Lucille Fry, (he head nurse, saw Ihe flames shortly before before 4 a.m. and summoned nurses from nearby collages to help get the patients out. The seven who perished were all in the south end near where the fire started. Robert Saltcr, operator of the Paradise Pines Res! Home, said all the victims could walk, but apparently were overcome by ;nioke. The home is about 14 miles ioulh of Riggins on the Little Salmon River in west central Ida- The Dead Identified dead were identified John Passi, McCall; John Zietlow, Cascade; Joe Bogle, Cottonwood; Dan Stowe, Grangeville; Frank Rowland, McCall; Otto Korbin, Riggins and John Brodahl, New Meadows. Adams County Sheriff Charles Burkholder was investigating. First on the scene was Idaho County Deputy Frank Heath of Riggins, but the home is; in Adams County. "They couldn't be saved," said Sailer. "It was such a short peri-, od after it started until it was engulfed in flames." Arihur Miller, whose home is only about 50 feet from the rest Iwme, said he helped get Ihe patients out. "We went in and drug them out as fast as'we could get them ml," he said. "We were really going for a while." Me said most of tlvj patients were-evacuated after he arrived. He said when he got there tha fire was "really going." Fire Fanned by Breeze He estimated that it took IS minutes to get the people outside the buildipg in the yard. Satter said that "everything was gone" within 25 minutes after the fire; was .discovered. He said Heath arrived within about ten minutes but, by that time no one could got in the building. He said the fire was fanned by a stiff biwze. the rest home, a one-story wooden structure, was about 100 by -200 feet, in size. Sailer said the home was in itj sixlh year of operation. He estimated estimated the value of the building at $150,000. He said all Ihe furnishings furnishings were also destroyed. Some of the patients were taken to homes in Ihe area and Heath said until all are checked the lumber of fatalities will not be inown for certain.