Title: "Hotels Owned by Japs Probed," Seattle Times, 2/16/1942, (ddr-densho-56-627)
Densho ID: ddr-densho-56-627


Certain Japanese-owned hotels in the city are being investigated by anti-sabotage units of the Police and Fire Departments, it was disclosed today. Many of them also have been inspected for danger as fire traps.

"We are faced with an enemy that will stop at nothing to defeat us," said Police Chief Herbert D. Kimsey. "The Police Department is doing everything possible to guard against fifth-column activity, either in the event of an air raid or before an air raid. But we have already concluded that even more drastic action must be taken."

Chief Kimsey would not elaborate on the statement.

Fire Chief William Fitzgerald has sent letters to the police, warning of danger areas from the standpoint of fire.