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What occurred on the morning of June 9th, 1947, that caused a guest at the Eastern to throw a suit of sails out his window?

A general alarm fire was discovered at 5:30 AM of June 9th. 1947, in the SW wing of the Eastern. Four employees and Francis Cummings, of Pride's Crossing (who had thrown his sails out his window,) escaped unhurt. Several members and firemen rescued ship models and trophies. Fortunately, the blaze was restricted to the one wing, which contained the kitchen and dining rooms with employee accommodations on the second story. Pleon Yacht Club quarters were also in the heavily damaged wing.

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