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6A--Sept. 3, 1972 Sunday Gasette-Mail ----OiÂ«rlÂ«ton, Wt*t Vlrglnl*-- Arson Blamed in Nightclub Fire Killing 36 MONTREAL (AP) - Fire blamed on arsonists swept through a crowded downtown nightclub Friday night and police said on Saturday of this city's perished in one of this city's worst fires ever. "The fire department earlier reported 42 dead but our checks now are complete with 36," said a police spokesman. "We hope that's all." THE ESCAPE a t t e m p t s through exits jammed with panic-stricken people, the desperate jumps out of windows, the race against the flames recalled other major fires, including the 1942 blaze that took 492 lives at Boston's Coconut Grove nightclub. That was the worst public building disaster in the last 30 years. Its cause never has been Fifty-four injured were count-} determined, od in hospitals after the blaze, a HER BROTHER IN FIREy .?6' Killed, 54 Injured dozen in critical condition. Police, holding four men for questioning, said the fire was ignited by someone who "threw flammable material in the stairway" near the entrance to the top floor of the two-story Blue Bird Club. Officials added that three men had been ejected from the club shortly before the flames swept through the building, trapping more than 200 persons. Montreal police said most of the victims found at the Blue Bird were huddled and crushed in corners of the dance hall. One officer said the whole place was in flames in two or three minutes. Fifteen of the dead were found "in a corner that had no exit." They were huddled on the ground, holding on to each other like scared children," a police spokesman reported. Another 24 were jammed in another part of the club near the bar and close to a back exit, and three were found in a washroom near a window, he added. Many of the club's customers jumped from the second story as panic spread. "There were so many people 72 Homecoming In Roane Today SPENCER -- The 40th annual Roane County Homecoming is expected to attract scores of former residents to the 4-H Club grounds today at nearby Gran- deeville. The program is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. with religious services. The program also includes string band music, singing groups, speakers and introduction of visitors and senior citizens. on the fire escape that the rail ing broke" said one man. "People were falling from the sky, almost." A 20-year-old woman who was in the club said, "A doorman grabbed me, took me through the kitchen, and I jumped 1 out a window at the back. "People were screaming, fall- The Russian population is declining in West Virginia. According to the 1970 census, there are 1,996 people in the state who were either born in Russia or have a Russian parent. In 1960, the number was 3,309. Raymond D. West Agent Me* York life Insurance Co. Charleston National Plaza Phone 343-5686 itig, being stepped on. By the time I got out the whole building was burning and there were still people inside," she said. The fire is one of the worst in the city since 76 children were crushed and burned to death in a blaze at a theater in 1927. OPTICAL SERVICE ^Budget Frames ^Reasonably Priced Lenses Â·jlrWire and Mod Frames Close at 1 P.M. SAT. 9 Arcade Bldg. 344-2991 Â·ESIDE NEW LIBRARY Foe's Loss Put at Third By S. Viets SAIGON--I/PI--South Vietnamese forces claimed killing more than a third of a big enemy force in 24 hours of bloody fight ing that ended Saturday north of Saigon. In the air war. U.S. pilots r e p o r t e d devastating underground fuel tanks, rail bridges and storage areas in North Vietnam between Hanoi and China. A Hanoi broadcast said six U.S. planes were shot down in North Vietnam on Saturday- five F4 Phantom jets in Vinh Phu Province northwest of Hanoi and one A7 jet in Ha Tinh Province n the southern panhandle. The ground war in northern sector of South Vietnam persisted as a contest of casualties, with no dramatic gains on ei-j ther side. The fighting north of Saigon erupted Friday afternoon when a newly organized South Vietnamese pursuit force met heavier than expected resistance from a North Vietnamese regiment a long Highway 13. about 35 miles from the capital, fieldj sources said. THE NORTH Vietnamese, who had been pulling back from the highway after being hammered by a U.S. B52 bomber strike, lost 180 men killed in the] fighting out of a total of about 500, the sources said. But the much larger South Vietnamese force, supported by armored cavalry, also suffered heavy Josses with 130 men reported dead or missing and 70 wounded. Officers said the tolls were preliminary. North V i e t n a m e s e forces threw a 250-round artillery barrage and a ground attack against a border ranger camp! in the central highlands west of| Pleiku at dawn Saturday. | Initial reports said U.S. jots | using radar to bomb through ; heavy clouds killed about 100 i enemy and that the shelling j killed one South Vietnamese j soldi e r and wounded five. The Saigon command reported 115 enemy killed by ground fighting and air strikes Friday in the stalemated battle for) Quang Tri City. Government losses were put at 16 men killed. Associated Press photographer Kochiro Morita reported that refugess from a village on Quang Tri's outskirts told South I Vietnamese marines that about 30 civilians and about 100 enemy \ soldiers had been killed by a| B52 strike on the village Friday. The U.S. command reported raids in the village area but spokesmen said they had no information on specific targets. ; B52s dropped more than 1.000 j tons of bombs on Quang Tri: Province in a day of raids that, hit in North Vietnam. Laos and: Cambodia as well as South Vietnam. Safer Glass \ Mrs. Knauer's Newest Goal WASHINGTON (AP) - Virginia H. Knauer, director of the Office of Consumer Affairs. Saturday called on architect and home builders to promote the use of safety glazing in glass doors and showers enclosures. Each y e a r , about VUXI persons are injured and more than 100 die in accidents involving [ a r c h i t e Ictural g l a s s , M r s . KNAUER Knauer s a i d . ; Sho added that half the accident; victims are children under 15! years of age. In letters to the National As sociation of Home Builders and! to the American Institute of Ar-i chitects, Mrs. Knauer asked for! active efforts for safety glaz-l ing. ! 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