Dallas, TX Building Collapse, Jun 1955



Dallas, Tex. (UP) - Rescue workers freed a painfully injured man today from the rubble of a collapsed building where three persons had been killed and nine others injured.
The workers began searching for more bodies after pulling LLOYD CORNET from a spot where he had been trapped for more than six hours.
The three-story limestone building collapsed with a roar late Wednesday after the rush of traffic had subsided.
It crumbled into a bar and grill and a music store and spewed chunks of debris across the street, breaking overhead power lines.
The building was located in downtown Dallas on Elm Street, one of the city's three main thoroughfares.
Three persons in the bar and grill were killed. Seven others were brought out alive but two were injured critically and doctors said one was not expected to live.
Only the owner and a customer were in the music store. Neither was seriously hurt.
But more than 200 firemen and volunteer rescue workers dug for six hours to free CORNET.
He was pinned by his left leg next to a juke box, which he said saved his life, in the bar and grill. Dr. Bernard Weiner, of the Parkland Hospital staff, risked his life to administer sedatives to the trapped man.
ALVIS BAILEY SIMMONS, 40; WILLIAM E. KIRBY, 42, and LUTHER GONZALES, 32, were dead on arrival at the hospital.
One-hundred and fifty persons were next door in the Fox Burlesque Theater when the building came down.
They felt the impact of the collapse, but did not panic. Chester Tate, 53, ticket taker at the Fox, saw the building come down. He said it fell without warning, and "with the noise of a tornado." He went into the theater and cleared the patrons out.

News-Herald Franklin Pennsylvania 1955-06-02