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New York City, NY Building Collapses, Mar 1895


New York, March 2. -- A building, in the course of demolition, fell and killed four men and injured several others.
The accident occurred at about 9:30 in the morning. A house at the corner of Forty-third Street and Tenth Avenue was being torn down by some 40 laborers, and fell with a crash, carrying several workmen to the basement, three floors below, where they were almost completely covered by tons of bricks, dry mortar and iron beams.
The Dead:
The Injured:
BOBSON received serious internal injuries and may not recover. The others are not dangerously injured, and are reported as doing well at the Roosevelt and Bellevue Hospitals.
The building, which is an old one, had been used as a malthouse by A. E. & S. Scheyer for the past 30 years, but it has been unoccupied for more than two years. It was eight stories high, and ran back about 60 feet on West Forty-third Street. Men were tearing down the old structure under the direction of Contractors O'Keefe and Keegan. The work had gone on successfully until the men had got down as far as the rear of the third floor known as the old kiln-house.
There were about 18 men on the floor at the hour mentioned, when suddenly there was a rumbling noise and the building rocked as if shaken by an earthquake. In another moment the floor gave way and fell with its human freight to the basement carrying the other floors with it. In an instant every person in the neighborhood, which is filled with tenement houses, felt that something awful had occurred and men, women and children ran distractedly in all directions. Some of the cooler heads turned in the fire alarms and ambulance calls, which were quickly responded to.
Assisted by some laborers, who had fortunately escaped, and many willing citizens, the firemen began the work of rescue. It was a hard and very dangerous task, as the walls were tottering and the remaining flooring and beams overhead threatened to topple down every moment. Besides, the rescuers had to be very cautious, fearing that the slightest carelessness on their part might end the lives of some of the injured, whose groans and cries for help came from all directions underneath the tons of debris from which heads, arms and legs projected.
At 9:55 JOHN O'CONNER was brought out, but he died in the ambulance on the way to Roosevelt Hospital. Half an hour later the dead bodies of CULLEN and VICOR were extricated and they were removed to the police station. The rescuers worked desperately and by 12 o'clock every one of the laborers had been accounted for.
Contractors George O'Keefe and Patrick Keegan were placed under arrest, but were later admitted to bail by the coroner.

Evening Bulletin Maysville Kentucky 1895-03-02

article | by Dr. Radut