St. Louis, MO Explosion And Fire, Jan 1896
ANNIE MONNIGAN, hands and face cut.
FRANK SAND, cut about the neck and head by glass.
BOB BOLES, a pressman, cut in several places by glass.
CHARLES WEIR, employe of Little & Becker's, cut about head and face with glass.
WARREN CLARK, of Clark & Seymour, received a piece of glass in right hand, causing slight wound.
E. C. WHITELOCK, foreman of Excelsior Wire and Iron company.
FRANK HAGGER, FRED RAVONE, W. J. WERNER, J. DARRETT and ROBERT EBERT, were cut less seriously by flying glass.
Everybody for blocks around Second, Third, Locust and Olive Streets were startled shortly before 1 o'clock by a series of three explosions that demolished the building at 509 Second Street, in which it occurred, badly damaging adjoining structures and shattered thousands of panes of glass in the vicinity. The building, which is occupied by the Anchor Peanut company and H. B. Grubb, agent of Ditwilier & Street of Greenfield, N.J., was set on fire in some manner. The flames which started on the first floor communicated to a quantity of fireworks on the second floor, owned by Grubb. These exploded with terrific force, throwing burning brands, bricks and debris in every direction.
The concussion had rent the partition wall to the south into the Levison & Blythe Musilage and Ink Manufacturing company and the Excelsior Wire and Iron Manufacturing company adjoining on the north, and the flames soon communicated to these two buildings in which a considerable number of men and boys were at work.
Three alarms were sent in. The whole down town fire department responded and the work of rescuing the injured was performed in a courageous manner by the police and fireman. For some time six ambulances were kept busy taking on the dead and wounded and conveying them to the morgue and city dispensary.
EMMETT KENNEDY, a boy, was taken from a third-story front window of Levison & Blythe's establishment. KENNEDY said there were two other men near the middle of the second floor. The firemen hurried to the spot and could hear the cries of the men who were slowly burning to death. By this time a stream of water was turned on the fire surrounding the burning men, who were screaming piteously for help. As soon as the flames were subdued, a dozen firemen began to tear away the wreckage around the imprisoned men with picks, axes and saws. ALBERT STEINMEYER was taken out and soon after the crushed and dead body of FRANK NEIHAUS was secured.
The most horrifying incident of the fire was the sufferings of STEINMEYER, while the fireman were removing the debris which held him penned down in the wreck. Both of his legs were fastened by timbers and a heavy iron ring encircled his neck, while the fire was eating into his flesh. He suffered the most horrible agony as the rescuers pulled away at the splintered timbers and twisted ironwork. Dr. A. L. Boyce, who happened to be passing, was called in and he crawled into the wreckage and administered a hypodermic injection or morphine to the sufferer. When he was finally rescued, STEINMEYER was bleeding from a hundred wounds, was burned in many places and badly crushed.
Manager Moore of the Levison & Blythe company stated that JOE CAVORECK was missing, and that his body must be in the wrecked building.
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