Chelsea, MA Wall Collapse, Aug 1908 - 8 Men Killed
8 MEN KILLED BY FALLING WALL
And Twenty Others Were Injured, Some Seriously.
Chelsea, Mass., August 25. – A forty-five foot high brick wall in Chelsea square collapsed suddenly today, burying beneath it some thirty workmen. Eight were killed outright or died in ambulances on the way to the hospitals. About twenty others were injured, eleven of whom were taken to the United States marine and naval hospitals here, some of them in a serious condition. A number of others escaped with but minor injuries.
E. ELICH GENILIFA, 34 years.
JOHN CONSTELLO, 55 years.
JOSEPH ADLER, 38 years.
CARDMILLO MURZELLO, 23 years old.
UNKNOWN MAN, features hardly recognizable.
M. Gordon, of the firm of Gordon and Seegal, the contractor who had the work in hand, was arrested late today on a warrant charging manslaughter, and his partner, Seegal, was arrested tonight.
Five minutes before the collapse of the wall, it is said, Inspector ob Buildings Frank Weymouth had ordered the foreman of the gang to stop work, as he saw 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.
The wall which fell upon the workmen stood against the Park hotel. Beams of wood were being fitted into this old wall, in order that it might be utilized for the new structure. It is claimed that the wall was undermined by the large homes that were dug into it, and that with proper support above, it gave way.
The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, GA 26 August 1908