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