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Nine Killed In Hotel Fire

October 20, 1987

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) _ Nine people were killed, including three foreigners, when fire swept through the seaside Hotel Caribe in the town of Puerto Cabezas, the Nicaraguan Red Cross said Monday.

The fire Sunday also destroyed six houses near the hotel, leaving 31 people homeless in the coastal town 210 miles northeast of Managua. The 80-room hotel faces the Caribbean Sea.

The Interior Ministry said the fire was caused by a short circuit in the hotel’s electrical system.

The foreigners killed were identified by the Red Cross and the ministry as Margaret Rooff of Manchester, Britain; Sixto Castro Manzanares of Cuba and David Damus of Chile. The other six victims were Nicaraguans.

The ministry said Ms. Rooff was doing ″solidarity work,″ a term the government uses for volunteers who come to Nicaragua to work with the leftist Sandinista government.

Among the 12 people injured in the blaze was another Briton, identified only as Margaret Walker, who the government also said was doing ″solidarity work.″

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