1930 - ONE HOTEL GUEST BURNED TO DEATH. EXPLOSION HEARD JUST BEFORE BLAZE IS DISCOVERED AT SHREVEPORT, LA.
Shreveport, La., Jan. 3. - OPAL O'KELLY, 24, of Carthage, Texas, was burned to death when fire destroyed the two upper floors of the three-story Tullos Hotel in the down-town area here early today.
A score of men and women, guests in the hotel, were aroused from sleep by the fire and narrowly escaped death. Many fled through smoke and flame in their night clothes and left many of their effects. O'KELLY was burned almost beyond recognition.
C. C. SHADOWENS, of DeBerry, Texas, an automobile mechanic, occupying the room with O'KELLY, made a vain effort to rescue his companion. He dragged him out of the room to the front of the building within a few feet of the fire escape but there was forced to drop him because of the flames and flee for his own life.
Guests told firemen that an explosion was heard just before the blaze was discovered. The fire was believed to have originated in the hallway immediately outside the room occupied by the two Texans.
January 6, 1930
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