ABC Evening News for Monday, Sep 19, 1977
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(Studio) Congress subcommittee begins hearings in Cincinnati, Ohio, into Southgate, Kentucky, nightclub fire in May. Kentucky Governor Julian Carroll releases own report on disaster.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Southgate, Kentucky) Report says that from day it was built to day it burned, Beverly Hills Supper Club violated Kentucky safety standards. Details noted. (Films shown.) Carroll tells subcommittee he's suspending, with pay, state fire marshal Warren Southworth, for failure to do job; also charges former marshal John Calvert with irregularities and shenanigans. [CARROLL- says previous fire marshal had engaged in illegal acts, more than just passively, and that operation of office under present marshal is ineffective and passive. Says men in office now are honest and there's no evidence of political interference with them in job, but they are ineffective.] Carroll says he expects Campbell Cnty. grand jury to meet soon to consider criminal indictments against former fire marshal Calvert and members of Schilling family who owned club, but doesn't expect anyone in own administration to be indicted.
REPORTER: Bill Stewart
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