The Pioneer Hotel never recovered from the 1970 fire, said Bettina Lyons, niece of the couple who owned the hotel. "Even though they put money into it and put sprinkler systems in, people did not come to stay."
Three Survivors Safely Down: Smoke billows from the upper floor
of the Pioneer International Hotel as three firemen work to rescue
survivors of the early-morning blaze. The fireman at the bottom is
helping an elderly Pioneer tenant to walk down the ladder.