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Kern Hotel Fire


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At 5:30 A.M. on December 11, 1934, the alarm outside the Kerns Hotel sounded.

The 211-room four-story brick hotel that stood on this site had 215 registered guests. Before the last embers of the fire were extinguished, thirty-two people were known dead and forty-four, including fourteen firemen, had been injured. Two of the injured people died later.

Among the dead were seven Michigan legislators and five unidentified people. Many guests escaped by descending four fire ladders, and eight people jumped into life nets.

However, the fire spread through the hotel’s wooden interior so rapidly that many people were trapped in their rooms. Seventy-two members of the ninety-seven-man Lansing fire force fought the fire using eight of the force's eleven pieces of fire apparatus.

The Hotel Kerns was built in 1909 by William G. Kerns. The hotel cost $50,000 to build and was the first hotel in the state of Michigan that had running ice water in every one of its 162 rooms.

Located in the 100 block of N. Grand Ave., it's location and amenities, made the Kerns popular with legislators and community groups. In January of 1922 the women’s club Zonta held their first meeting at the Kerns. The Kerns also served as the bus station for the city of Lansing until 1932.

On December 11, 1934 a few minutes before 5am, "Pop" Hayhoe, “…night janitor of the State Journal, fifty feet north of the hotel across the dead end block of East Ottawa street, made his regular round through the editorial room of the newspaper's second floor, now empty of editors and reporters. Suddenly he stopped. A curl of flame licked up along some second floor window curtains on the hotel's north side, near the front. Before he could act the curl became a ravening sheet of flame. …Hayhoe wasted not an instant turning in the alarm. The Central fire station was only a block south of the hotel. His call completed, Hayhoe turned back. Window after window was ablaze. Now he could hear the screams of men and women, wakening to red horror!”

What caused the fire? A carelessly discarded cigarette.

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