Philadelphia, PA Leather Works Factory Destroyed, Dec 1910
20 DIE IN FLAMES AT PHILADELPHIA.
FALLING WALL OF BURNING BUILDING BURIES FIREMEN AND POLICE.
FIRE CHIEF INJURED.
EXACT NUMBER DEAD NOT YET DETERMINED -- FIFTY INJURED OF WHOM SEVERAL MAY DIE -- THIRTEEN KNOWN DEAD.
Philadelphia, Pa., Dec. 22. -- At 8 o'clock this morning it was impossible to determine the number of firemen and policemen killed by the falling wall in the FRIEDLANDER leather works last night. The latest estimate of the dead or missing is not to exceed twenty.
Some of the bodies removed from the debries were so badly burned that the limbs dropped off. When the body of Assistant Foreman KALBERER was taken from the ruins it was without a head, the foreman being recognized by his uniform.
The identified dead are:
JOHN F. CARROLL.
The number of firemen and policemen injured is about fifty, of whom several may die. Among the injured was Fire Chief BAXTER, who was carried down by the falling walls.
While the firemen were fighting the flames from the roofs of adjoining dwelling houses, a wall of the big building crashed down upon them. At least thirty-five men were carried down. A number have been taken out dead. Twelve were able to extricate themselves.
Policemen Are Buried.
The north wall of the leather factory fell later, burying fifteen policemen who were at work in the runis.
Thirteen are known to be dead, twelve firemen and one policeman, and more than fifty injured of whom twenty-five are still in the hospital.
Muscatine Journal Iowa 1910-12-22