Sioux City, IA Downtown Fire, Mar 1914

Looking through the ruins

TWO FIREMEN LOSE LIVES IN SIOUX CITY BLAZE; HEAVY LOSS.

MEN TRAPPED UNDER FALLING WALL AS THEY FIGHT FLAMES; THREE FIGHTERS INJURED.

PROPERTY DAMAGE WILL REACH NEARLY $400,000.

HOTEL ALSO FLAME SWEPT -- GUESTS MAKE THRILLING ESCAPES, JUMPING INTO NETS.

Sioux City, Ia., March 26. -- Two firemen were killed and three injured and between $300,000 and $400,000 damage done in a fire which swept the quarter block at the southeast corner of Fourth and Nebraska streets, the heart of the business district, early this morning.
The dead are:
FRANK FULTON, pipeman of hose company No. 1.
SEELEY LAWTON, driver for fire chief KELLOGG.
The injured firemen are:
ED ROTH, captain hose company No. 3.
KENNETH B. GANTT, pipeman, hose company No. 3.
WILLIAM DOYLE, pipeman, hose company No. 2.
The men were not seriously hurt.
Wall Falls On Firemen.
The blaze broke out in a five-story building occupied by the Anderson Furniture company. The firemen were fighting the flames from Fourth street when the wall fell and two of them were caught under it and killed. It was nearly two hours before the men were missed by their comrads.
The flames rapidly swept through the Anderson building and communicated to the Frank hotel adjoining. Occupants in the hotel were warned and most of them escaped by the stairway. Three men in the hotel were cut off by the flames. They were forced to leap for their lives. They were caught in nets by the firemen and were uninjured.
Thrilling Escapes Made.
The flames swept through the hotel on one side and on the other side of the Anderson building communicated to the three-story building on the corner occupied by the Moore clothing company.
Thrilling escapes from the third story of the corner building over the Moore clothing store and the Central bank were made by several men and women who leaped into life nets.

Waterloo Evening Courier Iowa 1914-03-26