1896 - BUILDING COLLAPSED. A NUMBER OF PEOPLE KILLED AT BUFFALO, N.Y. ALMOST CRIMINAL CARELESSNESS.
THE OLD STRUCTURE WAS PROPPED UP FOR REPAIRS, WHEN THE PROPS SUDDENLY GAVE WAY AND A SCORE OR MORE PEOPLE WERE CAUGHT IN THE TRAP.
NAMES OF THE VICTIMS.
Buffalo, May 22. - Yesterday morning the Seneca Street side of the Brown building formerly occupied by the Western Union Telegraph company collapsed and a score or more people were buried in the ruins. The building was filled with offices, almost all of which were occupied. The Western Union left the building a few weeks ago and the owners of the block began the work of remodeling and strengthening it. On the Seneca Street side workmen were engaged in putting in black new iron columns and beams when the walls of a section of the building fell in.
Iron columns were twisted like wires, heavy wooden beams were torn to pieces like paper, pillars of brick crumbled to pieces and a huge cloud of dust arose, shutting out the wrecked buildings for some moments.
The immediate cause of the collapse of the building is supposed to have been the removal of too many supporting columns before the new ones were placed in position.
Immediately east of the wrecked building was the barber shop of GEORGE SENNART. At the time of the collapse there were several customers and 10 workmen in SENNART'S shop. The heavy walls of the Brown building crashed into the shop, burying everyone therein.
The list of dead and seriously injured is as follows:
The dead are:
GEORGE METZ, barber, and JENNIE GRIFFIN, cashier in SENNART'S barber shop.
Those injured were as follows:
GEORGE SENNART, proprietor of the wrecked barbershop, hands cut and body bruised.
JOHN C. LANGDON, barber, scalp wounds.
JACOB RICHMOND, barber, internal injuries; may die.
S. I. HAWK, fractured skull; will likely die.
JAMES ADAMS, back and legs bruised.
MICHAEL O'BRIEN, sprained back.
ROBERT CASSLER, plumber, badly bruised, internally injured.
JACOB RICKMAN, bruised and internally injured; may die.
FRANK RICKMAN, badly bruised; serious.
WILLIAM KUPPINGER, internally injured; case serious.
MICHAEL SCHULTZ, workman, internally injured.
JOSEPH BOULEY, plasterer, injured internally; serious.
The building is the property of the estate of one of the Brown Brothers of London and was by him willed to two of his daughters.
May 22, 1896
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