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Two Timely Warnings Save Detroit Couple From Hotel Fire

January 1, 1987

MIAMI (AP) _ A Detroit couple say two timely warnings kept them from spending an afternoon of gambling at the Dupont Plaza Hotel, which later erupted in a tragic fire.

Steve and Freda Fenner were staying at a small guest house next to the hotel and planned to spend Wednesday afternoon at the Dupont casino.

But the man behind the front desk of the 35-room El Canario guest house sternly told them to make other plans, they told The Miami Herald in an interview Wednesday night.

″Last night he told me, ’Don’t you even think about going there. There is going to be a bombing,″ Mrs. Fenner said. ″I asked him why, and he said there were union-labor negotiations going on and there is always trouble.″

″This morning, as we walked out, another guy warned us: ’Don’t go near the Dupont Plaza,‴ she said. ″We decided not to take any chances and we went somewhere else.″

When the fire began to spread through the 450-room hotel, the Fenners rushed back to the area.

″It was pandemonium,″ she said. ″There were fire trucks all over the place, helicopters airlifting people from the roof and everybody screaming.″

After the fire, Mrs. Fenner said she ran into the man who had warned her the night before.

″I told him thanks and that I was grateful,″ she said. ″He said, ’I told you so.‴

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