Dayton Daily News from Dayton, Ohio on October 2, 1977 · 4
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i4-A Davlttn Daily Sun, Oct. 1177 13 injured, 12 homes destroyed by tornados tID NOTICE ' Greene Courtly Boa'fl o Cgrnrr.iV.Kjrt-tf w M ettM'ins &h & Protecting f off- Burner Specrfica-liom w ee evettMe el S1 Oertv Xema RoM. Xma. Ofi.0 4U. me flMMrlmeAl at jantlirv Enoineer.oa or.lect Mr Harwi - leteenone M,r.nri 377 tali or 4M 015V No WI N-e-14. -J By ACE ELLIOTT Daily Newt Stiff Writer Thirteen persons were Injured and 12 homes were destroyed early Saturday when short-lived tornados struck Cincinnati suburbs and the village of Carlisle in Warren County. , Hamilton County Sheriff Lincoln Stokes said the most seriously injured person was 11-year-old Peter Seitz, who suffered a broken arm, cuts and bruises. The sheriff said the youth was blown out of his demolished home. He was found lying under the rubble of another damaged house. "We had to dig him out of there," Stokes said, pointing to the wreckage. Stokes estimated the property loss at $2 million in the suburb of Monfort Heights in the hilly west sector of Hamilton County. " Stokes said in addition to the 12 homes destroyed, nine others had major damage and numerous residences had minor damage. ., THE SHERIFF SAID the tornado roared in from the west at 6:55 a.m. The damage was centered on homes along Seville Ct. . Green Twp. trustee Don Keller said most of the homes that were hit were in the $80,000 to $100,000 class. Clean-up efforts became frantic by late afternoon when the National Weather Service notified the storm-stricken residents that more severe weather was expected in the area at about 6 p.m. Residents were lining the streets with rental trucks to haul out possessions that could be salvaged. Stokes said six poles were being erected for vapor lights for security in the Seville Ct. area. - At about the same time a funnel cloud touched down In the Cincinnati suburbs, another twister struck in the vicinity of Robert Simmons Dr. and Lincoln Rd. In Carlisle. Damage was not as widespread In the Warren County village, and there were no injuries. JERRY FENLON, chief of the Warren County Disaster Unit, said six homes were damaged heavily. Bill Zanotelli, 513 Robert Simmons, said he had been bothered by a leaky porch roof and said he had hoped the wind would blow it away. It did, along with part of his roof and several windows. "I got more than I asked for," he said. Henry Neace said he was in bed when the storm hit It blew out his bedroom windows, and a large piece of glass was imbedded in the wall above his head. . ' ' Larry Alcorn, a teenager who lives at 513 Robert Simmons Dr., said he saw the funnel make a turn in the plat where the homes were damaged. Loretta Turner, 395 Robert Simmons Dr., said the storm blew two windows out on the west side of her -home and a window on the east side was blown in. A 4-by-8-foot plywood sheet from one of the homes was blown into a large tree, slicing into it like a knife. Carlisle was blocking all streets to everyone but local residents to keep out sightseers while clean up ' and repairs were being made. '-9: "'Stak'W ;t l v,, . 'if- T? 1 n 1 1 , ! 1 1 1 employes: iiud s ngnis riicKerea r Continued from Page 1-A. A public address system in the Cabaret Room was not used to warn patrons when fire broke out.' Instead, the warning was given by a nervous busboy who took a microphone from two comedians performing at the time. Some people did not evacuate the room immediately because they didn't take the youth L seriously. '. Some employes alleged that Southgate city officials, including the fire chief and mayor, received free I food or drinks or both at the nightclub. The officals ; have denied the allegations. Employes were divided sharply in their attitudes toward the supper club owners. Some had nothing but glowing praise for the way the night spot was oper-r ated. Others bitterly denounced the owners as greedy individuals who treated their employes "like dirt." At least two Beverly Hills employes who were fairly critical of conditions in the supper club the night of the fire said they had felt pressured to change their stories by other employes who were frjendly to the owners. No employe, however, reported being I "contacted directly by the owners. r A police officer told investigators he tried to use a board to hold a self-closing exit door open during the ; .fire because the handle was too hot. Some witnesses 'had said earlier that the officer appeared to be barring 'the door, trapping people in the Cabaret Room. At least three employes questioned the sanitary conditions of the outwardly elegant Beverly Hills, saying they frequently saw rats or mice inside the club. Another worker said she would not eat at the club because of conditions she considered unhealthy. The busboy's warning to patrons of the Cabaret Room was video taped, but the tape apparently was destroyed in the fire. THE CLUB'S ELECTRICAL system has been a key issue since Kentucky State Fire Marshal Warren Southworth reported June 10 that the cause of the fire apparently was "electrical wiring and equipment" i located above a false ceiling in the club's Zebra Room. Some of the electrical problems noticed by em- ployes reportedly occurred In the Immediate vicinity J of that room. Patricia Lynn Kolbinsky, a hostess at the Beverly Hills, told investigators of incidents she said occurred I between February and April and said she told club owners of at least one electrical problem. ; "Well, one night when Connie Stevens was still - there," Ms. Kolbinsky said, "we had, it felt like an r .electrical short, an electrical short circuit, something .burning with the electrical Inside, that smell that you J Jsmell." & At the same time, Ms. Kolbinsky told the investi-l gators, "all the lights in the bathrooms right by the p 'main desk, both men's and women's bathrooms, kept T ,' going out." The bathrooms were adjacent to the Zebra : Room. ess), 'You know, he doesn't even know what he is doing.' " ' Other employes recalled similar incidents. , Dale R. Fish, a Beverly Hills waiter, gave investigators a particuarly vivid description of an, incident that he said occurred within the four months before the fire while he was standing In one of the rooms. dining ro SHE SAID SHE reported the problem to one of the owners, Ron Schilling. "Did you know what action was taken on it?" Ms. Kolbinsky was asked by a state police detective. "As far as I know, none," she replied. "He would say, 'Just don't worry about it.' " She added that It wasn't, the only time the owners were made aware of possible electrical problems. "One other time, the llght(s) went out and Ron (Schilling) was there and Rick (Schilling), and Ron was telling Rick how the lights were going off. "I said, well I remember like you can hear them playing with the switches from the front desk, and when the lights would go off, he would just start flinging all the switches back and forth, cause I remember, I had commented to Dottie (another host- "And all of the sudden I heard this rumble," Fish recalled, "and I thought, 'My God, what is that?' and I thought that It was an earthquake cause all the goblets and china starting shaking and everything, and I started bouncing around and I thought, 'What Is this?'" Fish said another employe told him it probably was "part of the power system downstairs kicking on. I guess it's warming up until it hits idle and kicks in like a blower or something." "I said, 'If that's the way, do you realize how dangerous that is?' " Fish quoted his fellow employe as saying, "What can you do about that? Nothing." A busboy who helped set tables In the Zebra Room the night of the fire said he smelted "a gas-like smell" in the party room and saw the. lights flicker from bright to dim about six times during a 30-second period. He said he also saw lights flickering in the kitchen. Two weeks before the fire, another busboy told investigators, he noticed the ceiling lights in the Zebra Room flickering on and off. He said he saw the lights' flickering in the room two or three times previously. "Did you know any employes that would see this light flicker and go over and turn the (dimmer switch) all the way up and turn It back down again, and it would quit?" a detective asked the busboy. "Rick, Ronnie, Scotty Schilling (officers in the corporation that owned the club) and a couple of other boys that worked up front," the busboy said. Two other Beverly Hills workers reported that they saw the kitchen lights flicker on and off on the Thursday night before the Saturday fire. The same thing was seen by another employe on Friday night. DESPITE THESE WARNINGS of possibly hazardous conditions, there is no indication in the statements that the employes reported the problems to any authorities who could inspect the facility. A STATE POLICE detective asked Mary Ann Kikta, a Beverly Hills waitress, if she mentioned the crowded conditions to the management. . "No, I never did," she said. "They really gave the impression that things were going to be run their way and if you didn't like It, you might as well just quit because they weren't going to change it to suit you." Despite the thousands of pages of transcript submitted to the congressional subcommittee, there were no statements from any of the Schilling sons, except for a one-paragraph statement taken from Richard J. Schilling Jr. on May 30. All three sons Richard, Ronald and Scott were active in managing the club and were involved in firefighting and evacuation efforts on the night of the blaze. In an interview with the Dally News while the Investigation was still under way, the Kentucky State Police Commissioner Kenneth Brandenburgh said all the Schillings would be Interviewed. LATER HE INDICATED that they had been interviewed and had been "generally cooperative," although they did refuse to answer some questions. The absence of any such statements from the Schilling sons in the subcommittee files was not explained. Brandenburgh could not be reached for comment. Bring your color film to Sears for developing! SO Sears 1 fir V , Buna, ROIBUCK AND CO. 12 exposure tf"2Q color film P Sears price Mol . V Reg. $2.97 20 exposure color slides Reg. $1.59 1.29 20 exposure color prints Reg. $4.41 3.39 36 exposure color slides Reg. $2.69 2.19 36 exposure color prints Reg. $7.66 5.86 Sale Rack Ocl.S 110 Flipf lash pocket camera outfit ' Scars price Jj 97 Includes camera, cartridge film, 8-shot flipflosh (no batteries needed) wrist strap and instructions. 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