Saturday, January 12, 2013

Is the Fire Death Toll 7 or 8?

Comment from a reader on the post: Dryden Hotel Fire: Surprised that no one is talking about the Englishman...why is the media still saying 7 fatalities and not 8?

From the Bugle: The media are still saying 7 fatalities because that is the number of bodies recovered in the building and reported by fire investigators. Fire investigators have no incentive to downplay the death toll. As we understand it, there was an Englishman checked into the hotel on the night of the fire and now that person cannot be located. That doesn’t mean he is a confirmed fatality. Confirming fatalities is serious business. It can’t be based upon rumors and hearsay.

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