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Fri Feb 8, 2019, 05:41 AM

2. A horrific tragedy

From what I recall, the police strongly suspected an occasional patron of the bar was responsible for the inferno; he'd been 86'd earlier that evening after starting a fight in the bar, and apparently, he confessed (more than once) to a friend that he started the fire with lighter fluid and a match, but he never expected the fire to get out of control the way it did.....he was pissed off over having been kicked out.

The suspect committed suicide in November 1974 and the case was closed by the state fire marshal in 1980.

If you read up on the case, what's truly sad is that many churches refused to hold memorial services for the dead and many of the victims' bodies were left unclaimed by their families; thanks to the efforts of some anonymous individuals, they were interred in a mass grave at Holt Cemetery, so at the very least, they were given a proper burial.


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