Beadspread Rope Fatal To Guest Escaping From Fire
Grand Forks, April 9—F.J. Stansberry, Minneapolis, Minn, was killed shortly after 4 o'clock this morning when he attempted to escape from a room on the third floor of a hotel during a small basement fire. Bedsheets which he had roped together and tied to the window broke under the weight of his body and he plunged three stories down striking head first on an iron grating.
The fire was confined to a small storage room in the basement. The electric light meters in this room were quickly burned out plunging the hotel into darkness which made it difficult for people to get out. There were no signs of a panic, however.
Bismarck Tribune, 4/9/1920