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Kentucky Nightclub Fire #252332

CBS Evening News for Monday, May 30, 1977
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(Studio) Recovery of victims in Southgate, Kentucky, nightclub fire seems finished; search for cause begins.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Southgate, Kentucky) Officials say there were adequate exits in building, but not for panicked crowd, with no lights and overcome by smoke. Building had no sprinkler system. [Fire chief Richard RIESENBERG - says system would have helped, but doesn't know if it would have extinguished fire.] Reports of missing persons now roughly same as unidentified bodies and officials say task should be finished soon. [Cnty. coroner Fred STINE - says more information will come as people realize friends and relatives missing with close of holiday wkend.] Survivors return for cars left Saturday night. Kenneth Turner lost friends in fire. [TURNER - says memory still fresh and he'd rather not talk about it.] Officials don't expect to reach preliminary conclusions about fire before end of week
REPORTER: Chris Kelley

(Studio) Small Ohio town, north of fire site, is among many feeling effects of fire.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Trenton, Ohio) 13 people in Trenton, Ohio, died in fire; most were teachers. Town doesn't have Memorial Day parade. [Edgewood high school teacher Judy BYAR - cites reaction of disbelief; doesn't know how it will affect children.] [Eugene HORTON - doesn't think full impact has hit yet.] There's emergency school board meeting with regard to question of reopening schools to finish year [Ken HACKLER - isn't sure with regard to emotional stability of HS teachers in next few days.] Schools to remain closed 2 more days; Wayne Elementary for rest of year Wayne lost 1/3 of staff and reopening thought too painful; principal Hackler questions if it will be less so in fall. [HACKLER - is concerned with regard to surviving members of party and reaction in fall to memories of lost colleagues.] Wayne teacher Dorothy Koontz, at school for over 30 years, and husband Don both died in fire. [BYAR - asks if time ever heals wound made by death.]
REPORTER: Don Kladstrup

(Studio) Incidents involving deaths of band member Everett Neill and wife, Paula, noted.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

Kladstrup, Don;
Kelley, Chris;
Schieffer, Bob

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