Providence, RI Tenement Building Collapses, May 1895

COLLAPSE OF TENEMENT BUILDING.

THREE PERSONS KILLED AND SEVERAL OTHERS INJURED AT PROVIDENCE, R. I.

Providence, May 17. -- By the collapse of a four-tenement block at Jericho this afternoon, three persons were killed and seven others were more or less severely injured.
The Dead.
ALDRICH, ASA G., carpenter, fifty-five years.
GUERTIN, MRS. HERMIONE, French Canadian, fifty-four years.
LEMOINE, ALICE, three years.
The Injured.
The injured:
GOSSELIN, DAMASE, nine years, leg broken.
LEMOINE, JOSEPH.
LEMOINE, MRS. JOSEPH.
LEMOINE, MRS. LOUISE.
RICARD, NOE, a mason.
VALLIERE, ______, a boy.
The building was a two-story frame structure, with basement and attic, adjoining the French Catholic Church, on Quidnick Street. It was owned by JOSEPH LEMOINE, a man of eight-six years, who, with his sons, FRANK and LOUIS, and several workmen, have been engaged for some weeks in turning around and raising the building to fit the basement story for business purposes.
The building originally stood with its gable end toward the street, but in order to utilize a greater frontage it was moved about with its side parallel with the street. CHARLES POOLE of Natick had the work of raising and moving the building in charge. Until to-day it stood on the blocking used by POOLE and his men. JOSEPH LEMOINE, who is a carpenter, superintended the remodeling of the basement himself. To-day, having got the studding and corner posts in position between the sill and the elevated building, he had POOLE remove the blocking.
It was reported after the accident that POOLE had advised against removing the blocking until the basement story had been boarded in, but the blocking was removed, leaving the building supported only by the underpinning in the rear, and on the other three sides by the stilt-like supports formed by the studding.
Several carpenters were at work during the afternoon. Probably jarred by the pounding of their hammers, the frail supports gave way under their topheavy load. Without a moment's warning, the building fell, burying in the ruins the workmen, the occupants of the tenements upstairs, and a couple of schoolboys who were passing at the time.

The New York Times New York 1895-05-18