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Puerto Rico / Hotel Fire Aftermath #552941

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Jan 03, 1987
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[Broadcast opening not taped]

(NYC: Connie Chung) Report introduced.

(San Juan, PR: Jim Kaiserski) Focus of investigation into New Yr.'s eve fire at Dupont Hotel here, believed possibly set by Teamsters union mbrs. and/or hotel guards, examined; details given, scenes shown. [Governor Rafael HERNANDEZ COLON - believes one or the other group was responsible.] [Teamster attorney Jorges FARINACCI - denies union was involved.] Apparent circumstances of fire reviewed; illustration shown. Bomb threat said phoned into police about Dupont prior to fire. [Captain Jose ZAPATA - claims hotel refused police offer to search for bomb.]

(San Juan, PR: Kenley Jones) Death toll from tragedy noted; details of relief effort outlined. Scenes shown. [Survivor Sidney SHUMAN - praises government's relief operation.] [Tourism director Miguel DOMENECH - claims Puerto Rico has best safety record of United States hotels.] [PEOPLE - describe effort to identification remains of families.] [Psychologist Jose RIVERA-BERG - notes emotional toll on all involved.]

Chung, Connie;
Jones, Kenley;
Kaiserski, Jim

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