Sep 18 1963
of Committee, the in on speech ol back halting R- min- reduction thi cut Inquest Called In Home Fire RIGGINS, Idaho (AP) -- A survivor survivor of a fire that leveled a rame rest home near here has credited the ringing of an aulo- nalic fire a l a r m bell wilh saving its life and that of his roommate. Meanwhile, Adams County Coroner Coroner Gene LaFay has ordered an nquest into the holocaust which claimed the lives of seven elderly men and left 30 other patients nomeless. Prosecuting Attorney Carl Swanstrom Swanstrom said the date for the inquest will be set afler three members of the rest home staff are ally able to testify. He s day lhal they were in Such a stale of shock that they could not yet be questioned. He named them as Mrs. Ruth Sailer, wife of the home owner, Bob Sailer; Mrs. M a r i e Sunderland, Sunderland, a nurses' aide, and Mrs. Lucille Fry, a licensed practical nurse. Joining LaFay and Swans'.rom in (he investigation were Sheriff Charles Durkholder and three of- licials of the Slate Health Depart- record run recession more the bj 1361 re phy; aid Tu 'SLC- Tues- ment. The privately operated Paradise Pines Rest Home ; s about 14 miles south of Riggins on the Little Salmon River near U.S. Highway 95 in west central Idaho. Swanstrom said the blaze was apparently touched off by an overheated overheated wood furnace near the center center of the 100 by 200 foot building and not far from the annex where (he seven victims were sleeping. The dead were identified as John Passi, McCall; John Zillow, Cascade; Joe Bugle, Cottonwood: Dan Stowe, Crangeville; Frank Rowland, McCall; Otto Korb'm, Riggins and John Brodahl, New Meadows. Dr. T. 0. Carver, slnle health administrator, said dcpartmenl of. ficinls were sent to the .scene to check on the 30 patients who survived survived the fire. "We want to know what kind bt treatment and care they are re* ceiving," Dr. Carver said. He said the rjst home was IN censed by Ihe Stale Health Department Department as a nursing home.