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White Plains, NY Firemen Killed By Falling Walls, Feb 1907

CRUSHED BY FALLING WALLS.

THREE VOLUNTEER FIREMEN KILLED AND FOUR INJURED.

WHITE PLAINS, N. Y., BUSINESS MEN WERE PULLING DOWN UNSAFE CORNICE AND BRICKS CAME WITH IT.

White Plains, N. Y., Feb 4 -- Three volunteer firemen were killed and four injured, one of them probably fatally, early to-day while working on the ruins of the Mead Building, which was destroyed by fire last night. The dead are:
JOHN CHESTER CROMWELL, thirty years old, assistant cashier of the First National Bank, of which institution his father is president.
CHARLES E. COOLEY, thirty years old, a real estate agent.
CALEB UNDERHILL, thirty-two years old, a liveryman.
The injured are:
EMIL BURGESS, thirty-four years old, a candy manufacturer, probably fatally.
CHARLES SUTTON, both legs broken.
CHARLES ARMBRUSTER, both legs broken.
STEPHEN D. LYON, burned about the body.
All the men killed or injured were struck by a falling cornice and part of the brick wall which supported it. The cornice had become loosened and fearing it would fall into the crowd around the building the firemen prepared to pull it down.
A ladder was run up at what was believed to be a safe distance, and after a rope had been attached to the loosened cornice the men on the ladder began to pull. As the cornice gave way it brought part of the wall with it, and the ladder and its occupants were swept down in the shower of bricks.
COOLEY and UNDERHILL were dead when they were removed from the mass of wreckage. The other men were removed to a hospital, and CROMWELL died a few moments after reaching the institution.
BURGESS' skull is fractured near the base, and it is believed that he has no chance to recover.
SUTTON, besides having both legs broken, has an injured collar-bone and his condition is serious, but his and ARMBRUSTER, whose legs are also broken, are expected to recover. LYON is not very seriously hurt.

The Washington Post District of Columbia 1907-02-05

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