The worst tale of this tragedy remembers that it was a flop house blaze. The cold weather, fire and water left several poor souls frozen in eternal agony on window sills of the burned out building according to firefighters who were forced to help deal with charred, iced bodies in the horrific aftermath.
Here's an exceptionally informative account . . .
January 28 marks the 40th anniversary of the deadliest fire in Kansas City history. The 92-year-old Coates House Hotel at 10th Street and Broadway had been one of the city's finest establishments. Among its guests were Presidents Grover Cleveland, William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. The horrific blaze broke out around 4:10 a.m.