Kimberly, WI Mill Collapses, Oct 1927
5 KILLED AT KIMBERLY.
MORE THAN SCORE IN HOSPITAL WHEN SECTION IN MILL COLLAPSES.
SECTION OF BEATER ROOM BREAKS DOWN
BURY 30 EMPLOYES UNDER TONS OF BRICKS, TIMBER AND MACHINERY.
At least five men were killed and more than a score injured, three or four critically, about 10 o'clock this morning when a section of the beater room of the Kimberly Clark Paper Co. mill at Kimberly caved in without warning of any sort. At 3 o'clock this afternoon, the bodies of three dead men and 16 injured had been taken from the wreckage and at that time it was estimated that there were at least nine more in the debris. More than 150 men are digging feverishly to reach the dead and injured buried under tons of brick, pulp, timbers and machinery.
Names of the dead and injured as announced by officials of the Kimberly-Clark Co. are printed in the adjoining column. A checkup of employes believed to have been in the building at the time of the crash indicates that 11 more men still are buried in the wreckage.
Thirty men were at work in the building when it collapsed, according to mill officials. Nineteen men employed by the C. R. Meyer and Sons Construction Co., of Oshkosh, were engaged in removing planking from the floor of the basement of the two story structure. Eleven of the thirty men were employes of the Kimberly-Clark Co. and most of them were in the beater room.
The section which collapsed is in the heart of the mill, on the north side, facing the Fox River. The north wall and part of the west wall collapsed, carrying the heavy beater machinery into the basement. Mill officials late this afternoon were unable to give a reason for the crash but said they had no reason to believe that the building was unsafe.
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