• Short Summary

    The Hotel Vendome in Boston, Massachusetts, was built in 1871 -- recently, it has been undergoing renovation and conversion.

  • Description

    The Hotel Vendome in Boston, Massachusetts, was built in 1871 -- recently, it has been undergoing renovation and conversion. But, on Saturday (June 17), a fire swept through the almost completed hotel -- and, in the ensuing effort to fight the fire, nine firemen were killed when a wall collapsed on them.

    Our film shows the earlier stages of the fire -- when another collapse injured several firemen as they were pulling on a floor section.

    The fatal collapse occurred later in the night.

    SYNOPSIS: The hundred-year-old Hotel Vendome burning in Boston, USA, on Saturday. During the fire, which totally destroyed the hotel, nine firemen were killed when a seven-story wall collapsed on them later in the night. (PAUSE) The hotel had been under-going extensive renovation and conversion -- and the work was almost completed when electricians discovered the fire. The flames swept up through an elevator shaft to the top of the eight-storey building, taking a firm hold. Within minutes it was almost totally afire.

    Hundreds of firemen were called out. As they fought -- various parts of the building gave way. Here it was a floor section earlier in the evening. The fall was less serious -- but still some of the men were injured and had to be taken away in ambulances.

    The fatal collapse -- which came later in the night -- occurred as a group of firemen were clustered around an aerial ladder truck at the front of the hotel. Suddenly, the entire facade gave way -- burying the truck and the men under tons of rubble, killing nine.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6AYHFPPA1EHTEGBBF8CP0KE4F
    Media URN:
    VLVA6AYHFPPA1EHTEGBBF8CP0KE4F
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/06/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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