Brooklyn, NY New American Theatre Collapse, Nov 1921
BAUER, C., 26, 503 West 47th St., Manhattan, general lacerations; Jewish Hospital.
BENNICASA, JOSEPH, 22, lather, 78 Spencer St., Brooklyn; lacerations of face, shoulder and hands; at Cumberland Street Hospital.
CAMALLO, RUSSO, lather, 187 Forsyth St., Manhattan; internal injuries and possible fracture of the skull; Williamsburg Hospital.
DECISSE, LOUIS, 41, lather, 189A Rockaway, Av., Brooklyn; internal injuries; Cumberland Street Hospital.
GODONE, JAMES, 40, lather, 1,419 Bergen St., Brooklyn; abrasions of body; Williamsburg Hospital.
HEALEY, PHILIP, 23, ironworker, 343 9th St., Brooklyn; lacerated scalp and hands; Williamsburg Hospital.
KEEFE, ELLSWORTH, 35, electrician, 5,518 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn; contusions and abrasions; Beth Moses Hospital.
LAMBERT, JOSEPH, 28, lather, 48 Reid Av., Brooklyn; possible fracture of the skull; Cumberland Street Hospital.
LAWSON, GEORGE, 17, 528 62d St., Brooklyn; scalp wounds; went home.
MATEBELLA, MICHAEL, 33, 50 Skillman St., Brooklyn; general injuries; Beth Moses Hospital.
McMANUS, N. C., 41, 729 9th Av., Manhattan; general lacerations; went home.
MUNN, ADAM, 25, 167 West 3d St., Manhattan; went home.
NICHOLAS, C., 29, lather, 1,703 Woodbine St., Brooklyn; lacerations of face and legs; Jewish Hospital.
PAGE, EDWARD, 40, 777 Bedford Av., Brooklyn; lacerations of head and face and possible internal injuries; went home.
PAGE, Mrs. JOSEPHINE, 38, 777 Bedford Av., Brooklyn; general lacerations and contusions; home.
RIBOSTELLA, JAMES, lather, 55, 2,714 Atlantic Av., Brooklyn; lacerations of body, hands and face; Williamsburg Hospital.
STEABELLO, VITA, 27, lather, 173 Harrison Av., Brooklyn; lacerations of face and hands; Beth Moses Hospital.
SYNOTT, THOMAS, 46, 2,537 Catalpa Av., Ridgewood; lacerations of face and leg and fracture of left leg; Williamsburg Hospital.
SYNOTT, WILLIAM, 42, 2,537 Catalpa Av., Ridgewood; fractured spine; Williamsburg Hospital.
TAPPER, HARRY, painting contractor, 42, 182 Stagg St., Brooklyn; general lacerations; went home.
48 Workmen in the Building.
Fifteen lathers, fifteen concrete workers, ten masons, four steamfitters and four electricians were inside of the walls when the crash occurred. Some of the lathers were working on scaffolds high up under the steel girders. The rest were forty feet below on the ground floor.
A rumble and the sound of falling bricks was the first warning of the impending collapse. This was followed almost instantly by the slipping of the girders from four brick pillars along the south wall, on which the girders rested. The shift of the girders caused the north wall to buckle and the huge mass of steel work and the south wall fell with a roar on to the workmen below.
Part of the south wall fell to the south, leveling to the ground half of a two-story building at 777 Bedford Avenue, accupied (sic) by Edward Page, a truckman, as a residence in the rear and a garage in the front. Mr. and Mrs. Page were in the kitchen, on the second floor of the building, at the time. Patrolman William G. Steinblink, four blocks away, heard the crash and ran to the building. After turning in police, fire and ambulance alarms, he ran back to the theatre and, aided by some of the workmen who had escaped and others in the neighborhood, began the rescue, of those who could be seen pinned down in the tangle of girders and debris.
Three engines, two hook and ladders and other fire apparatus answered the call, and more than a score of ambulances were soon on the scene. Within a few minutes, 100 firemen, 100 police reserves and 50 men from the Building Bureau in Brooklyn were engaged in the rescue work. William Thompson, Deputy Fire Commissioner, in charge of the department in Brooklyn and Queens, took charge, and under him was “Smoky Joe Martin, Deputy Fire Chief. Police Inspector Thomas H. Murphy and Captain Richard Gray of the Vernon Avenue Station took charge of the police.
Rescue Work Proceeds Slowly.
The rescue work proceeded slowly, due to the great mass mass of debris and the weight of the steel girders. The rescuers were further hampered by a continual shower of bricks from various points in the demolished walls. Oxygen tanks were pressed into service to cut through the girders.
Several thousand persons had gathered in the vicinity by the time the rescue work was well started. They were kept a block away from the theatre by police lines. Officials and reporters within the lines were held on the east side of the street to guard against a possible fall of the front wall of the theatre, which had remained intact.