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Chelsea, MA Wall Collapsed, Aug 1908

WALL KILLS EIGHT.

COLLAPSES, CRUSHING WORKMEN, AT CHELSEA, MASS. -- 20 MORE INJURED.

Chelsea, Mass., Aug. 25. -- A brick wall forty-five feet high collapsed today in Chelsea Square, burying beneath it some thirty workmen.  Eight were killed outright or died in ambulances on the way to hospitals.  Twenty others were injured, eleven of whom were taken to hospitals in a serious condition.

Those killed were:
MEYER  ARTWOK, of Chelsea.
FERRI  SANTE, of Boston.
FELECHI  GENELIFA, of Boston.
MORRIS  ZACHLAD, of New York.
JOSEPH  ADLER, of Malden.
JOHN  COSTELLO, of Lynn.
CARMELLO  MURELLO, of Chelsea.
One identified man.

Gordon & Segal, the contractors who had the work in hand, were arrested on warrants charging manslaughter.

Five minutes before the collapse of the wall FRANK  WEYMOUTH, inspector of buildings, had ordered the foreman to stop work, as he saw that the wall was crumbling.  It was planned to build a four story house on the spot, which was the site of the old Academy of Music.  To the left stood the Odd Fellows' building and post office, before they were destroyed by the great fire of April 1 last.

The wall which fell on the workmen stood against the Park Hotel, on the other side.  Large beams of wood were being fitted into this old wall, so that it might be utilized for the new structure.  It is said that the wall was undermined by the large holes that were dug into it.

New York Tribune 1908-08-26

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