Kerns Hotel Fire – December 11, 1934

  Around 5:30 a.m. on the morning of December 11, 1934 a fire broke out at the Kerns Hotel in Lansing, Michigan. The hotel, built in 1909, was four stories tall and originally contained 162 rooms at a cost of over $50,000. The hotel was a very popular place in Lansing. Communities members and state politicians enjoyed…

Read More

Stouffer’s Inn Fire – December 4, 1980

CITY IN RUINS WHAT: Hotel Fire WHEN: December 4, 1980 about 10:20am WHERE: Purchase, New York Casualties: 26 dead, 24 injured Intro from an AP article that ran the day after the fire: Business executives gathered for meeting at a hotel “didn’t have a chance” when an electrical fire raced through conference rooms with heat so intense…

Read More

Golden Age Nursing Home Fire – November 23, 1963

CITY IN RUINS WHAT: Nursing home fire WHEN: November 23, 1963 approx. 4:50am WHERE: Norwalk, Ohio CASUALTIES: 63 dead, over 25 injured Largely forgotten due to the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy the previous day, The Golden Age Nursing Home fire is considered the second worse nursing home fire ( in the history of the country with 63…

Read More

MGM Grand Fire – November 21, 1980

CITY IN RUINS WHAT: Hotel Fire WHEN: November 21, 1980 approx. 7:10am WHERE: Las Vegas, Nevada CASUALTIES: 87 Dead, Over 650 Injured “There was screaming, crying, panic, horror. There was death. And the saddest thing of all about the scene in the MGM Grand Hotel that morning of Nov. 21 is that it need not have happened. Many…

Read More

The Tyler Cyclone – August 21, 1918

CITY IN RUINS WHAT: Storm (Cyclone/Tornado) WHEN: August 21, 1918 at approximately 9:20 p.m. WHERE: Tyler, Minnesota FATALITIES: 36 (with over 200 injured) Late in the evening on August 21, 1918, an F-4 tornado with reported winds of 225-250 miles per hour tore through the small Southeastern Minnesota town of Tyler. The storm started at around 9:20 p.m. and lasted…

Read More