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    This morning the outer walls of Pick-Carter showed little evidence of last night's fire..
    Inside, however,?

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    Background: This morning the outer walls of Pick-Carter showed little evidence of last night's fire..
    Inside, however, the hotel's lobby and reception area had been gutted by the blaze..and smoke damage extended as high as the building's tenth floor.

    Arson investigators from the Cleveland police and fire departments inspected the hotel..They agreed the fire started in vacant party room in the basement..They have discovered no cause for the blaze, although the possibility of arson has not yet been ruled out...

    The investigators learned that the hotel operator had forgotten to trigger the building's fire alarm, but she had made efforts to alert hotel residents..
    Fire officials say the hotel has been recently inspected and no violations were found..They no lives would have been lost ??? residents remained in their ??? John Herrington, NBC News, Cleveland.

    Damage estimate is expected to exceed 200,000 dollars..John Herrington, NBC news, Cleveland.

    Last night, fire broke out in Cleveland's Pick Carter Hotel..
    Seven persons died in last night's fire at the ??? Pick Carter Hotel in Cleveland..Many of the hotel's 200 guests had to be removed by ladder to escape the thick smoke. The seven who died all were killed by smoke inhalation..Among them the wives
    Fire officials ??? all would have survived had they remained in their rooms instead of trying to escape...

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