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Ogdensburg, Feb. 14 (AP) - One hundred and fifty persons fled to safety when a general alarm fire gutted the New Ogdensburg hotel last night, causing damage estimated unofficially at $150,000.

The Ogdensburg fire department said no one was killed or injured. All guests escaped before firemen arrived.

Firemen from Ogdensburg and six neighboring communities fought the blaze, which started about 6 p.m., for more than six hours before bringing it under control.

Ogdensburg fire officials said the fire started in the basement and spread rapidly throughout the five-story brick structure in the city's business district. Cause of the blaze was under investigation.

Fire officials said the structure, owned by HAROLD WELT, was a total loss, with only two walls still standing. They added that the loss was expected to be about $150,000, but that an official estimate had not been made.

Salamanca Republican Press
Salamanca, New York
February 14, 1947

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