On July 23, 1971, in New Orleans, Louisiana, six people died when fire erupted in a twelfth-story room of the high-rise hotel building. Five victims were trying to escape from the motor hotel by using an elevator from the fifteenth floor. When the elevator reached the twelfth floor it stopped and the doors opened. Five of the six passengers died from heat and smoke ion the twelfth-story corridor. The sixth victim was a guard who also died in the twelfth-story corridor.