Firefighters Discover Scene From A Horror Movie In Burning Hotel
Washington, Pennsylvania Police Chief J.R. Blyth told WTAE Channel 4 Action News in Pittsburgh he thought he had opened the door to the "most grisly murder scene in his 35 years in law enforcement." Several investigators were called to the "crime scene" before it was discovered the room was actually set up that way for a horror movie.
"I had no idea what was going on-blood on the floor, the mattress, the pillows, piece of a scalp with hair still attached in the center of the bed," said Blythe.
Two years ago, the fourth floor room of the 10-story hotel was used for a scene in a straight-to-DVD movie called "New Terminal Hotel" with Corey Haim.
The property owner left the walls splattered fake blood and vulgar words just in case the film crew needed to come back and do re-shoots.
The George Washington hotel already has a national reputation for being haunted; more than a dozen people have died in the hotel since it was built in 1923. Four people have passed away since current hotel owner Kyrk Pyros bought the property seven years ago. The write up from Channel 4 does not report how any of these people died.
"We had a laugh and I said we had 'Terminal Hotel' filmed there and they put blood on the walls and they did a nice job making it look good," said Pyros.
"I was mad at first because we declared it a crime scene. I had to call my detectives out-that's eight hours of overtime," said Blythe.
No serious injuries were reported in Sunday's fire. According to Washington Fire Chief Linn Brookman, the flames started in a basement laundry room.
Photo by Le Clan Brunet on flickr.
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