South Framingham, MA Building Collapse, July 1906

collapsed building

TEN BODIES ARE RECOVERED.

FOUR MORE SUPPOSED TO BE IN RUINED BUILDING AT SOUTH FRAMINGHAM, MASS.

South Framingham, Mass., July 24. -- Under the light of electric lamps the work of exhuming the bodies of the victims of the collapsed Amsden building went on unceasingly through the night. At dawn there were ten bodies at the morgue, eight of the injured were at the hospital, two others were at their homes, while the list of missing numbered four, making a total of twenty-four, who, so far as could be learned, were about the building when the supports gave way and sent the tons of cement, iron columns and steel beams crashing in a tangled mass into the basement.
The cause of the accident has not been definitely learned. The town has no building laws and any proceedings against a contractor or other persons in connection with faulty construction will have to be on another charge and any action will have to be brought by state officials instead of the local authorities.

Eau Claire Leader Wisconsin 1906-07-25