CFDHISTORY ---›Line of Duty Deaths ---› 70Lt. Fred Hotel

Lt. Fred Hotel

Killed in the Line of Duty August 5, 1920

Fire Company Ladder 8
Cause of Death Extensive Burns
At Fire Box Number Still Alarm
Incident Type Fire
Incident Location Refiners Oil Company South and Depot Streets

Hotel was burned and killed instantly in an explosion at the Refiners Oil Company at South and Depot Streets in the West End. He and the crew of Hooks 8 had responded to the report of a fire in the yard of the fuel company. The members of the fire company rushed in to the yard with fire extinguishers to try to stop a fire that was burning next to three large gasoline tanks. As they began to work on the fire, the nearest tank exploded, showering the firemen with burning gasoline. Hotel and Firefighter Joseph Schott died where they stood, burned beyond recognition. Hotel was identified by his keys, which were fused into his flesh. Hotel lived at 110 Ivanhoe Ave, Saylor park with his wife. He was 39.