Philadelphia, PA Fire, Building Collapse, July 1919

SCORE OF FIREMEN BELIEVED KILLED WHEN FORTY ARE HURLED IN BLAZING WAREHOUSE RUINS HERE.

RECOVER ONE BODY CAUGHT UNDER WALLS.

NORTH AMERICAN STREET BLAZE BELIEVED TO BE ONE OF BIGGEST IN CITY'S HISTORY.

BUILDING GUTTED, THEN WALLS COLLAPSE.

SOME SPECTATORS MAY HAVE BEEN CAUGHT UNDER DEBRIS. VICTIMS NOT IDENTIFIED.

ONE MAN IS RESCUED.

MONETARY LOSS IS $100,000, CROWDS GATHER -- POLICE PRESSED FOR SERVICE.

One fireman is known to have been killed and a score of others are believed to have lost their lives when forty were hurled into the blazing ruins of Pottash Brothers' burlap warehouse, 611-13 North American Street, this afternoon. The front walls collapsed after the building had been gutted by flames.
A few moments later half a dozen more firemen went down into the flaming mass of debris when the rear wall fell.
The actual number of dead and injured has not been ascertained. It is feared several spectators also lost their lives.
The blaze is considered one of the worst fires in Philadelphia in years.
The dead firemen are:
Lieutenant THOMAS KELLY, Engine Company No. 21.
Hoseman CHARLES ZORR, Engine Company No. 21.
Fireman THOMAS H. INNES, Engine Company No. 12.
Captain ALBERT DARS STEVENSON, of fireboat Stuart, acting battalion chief of the second district.
Fireman HARRY LeGRAND, Engine Company No. 21.
Hoseman JOHN S. GREENE, Engine Company No. 21.
Injured are:
BUSTER LeGRAND, Truck Company No. 2.
JOHN MONCK, 1231 North Darlen Street, Engine Company No. 13.
BEN PRARIE, Engine Company No. 7.
PARKER CRAWFORD, Engine Company No. 6.
LEE PRODELL, forty-one, 2442 N. Warnock, Engine Company No. 8, shock, lacerations and smoke inhalation.
JAMES McELROY, thirty-eight, 4928 Parrish Street, unconscious.
CHARLES L. DEVANNEY, twenty-four, 1748 Thomas Street, Engine Company No. 21, lacerations, badly burned, shock.
At the moment the walls collapsed firemen were crowded on the roof on four ladders placed up against the building. A ladder truck was directly in front of the building on North American Street.
The property loss is estimated at $250,000.
The origin of the fire is so far unexplained. The building was an old five-story structure and was used by Pottash Brothers as a warehouse. The firm manufactures burlap bags, and the building was stored full of them.
The fire originated on the top floor and swiftly spread downward. A few minutes after it was discovered the third alarm was turned in, and a fourth followed as the walls collapsed.

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My great grandfather is hoseman John s. Greene engine company 21.

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