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Video: Reliving the Roosevelt Hotel Fire of 1963

This Jacksonville Fire Fighter's video captures rare footage of the city's deadliest day, December 29th, 1963. The day of the Roosevelt Hotel (now, The Carling) Fire in Downtown Jacksonville which claimed the life of JFD Chief James Romedy. While 21 people died, the Jacksonville Fire Department saved 475 people.

Published March 24, 2014 in History      4 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article


The Carling (old Roosevelt) Today

Named after Carling L. Dinkler, vice president of the Dinkler Hotel Co., the Carling opened its doors in 1926. On the night of December 29, 1963, a fire killed 22 people in the hotel, which was filled with visitors for the Gator Bowl game the following day. With the help of the Historic Preservation Trust Fund, the Carling has been restored into urban highrise residential apartment building.

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March 24, 2014, 11:24:23 AM
I was about to comment about this line in the article:
"the city's deadliest day"
Because I thought the great fire would have claimed more lives, turns out the great fire costed 7 lives.
Very interesting!


March 24, 2014, 01:35:15 PM
According to accounts I've read on the Great Fire, the injury and death toll is in question. Records were much less accurate back then - people moved around and settled without much tracing and paperwork.


March 24, 2014, 01:55:01 PM
Here is a link to the Times Union account...


March 24, 2014, 01:58:21 PM
 Here is a link to the Jax fire museum photo collection...
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