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Elko, NV Old Apartment Building Collapses, May 1947

THREE PERSONS KILLED, FOUR INJURED AS OLD APARTMENT HOUSE FALLS.

Elko, Nev., May 15. - (UP) - Three persons were killed and four were injured early today when an old brick and wood apartment house collapsed.
At 4:05 a.m. the building slid into a 100 by 50 foot excavation that was being dug alongside. The roar of crumbling wood and toppling bricks could be heard all over town. A huge cloud of dust arose.
Dead were:
RALPH NIELSEN.
MRS. BEATRICE NIELSEN, his mother.
MRS. KAY NORRIS.
The injured were:
MRS. VERNAL JONES.
W. A. SPERRY.
RUCH SPERRY, his wife.
BOB NORRIS.
They were taken to Elko General Hospital. None was seriously injured, first reports said.
MRS. SPERRY said she was awakened by a "loud noise, that sounded very much like a hailstorm."
"I looked up from bed," she said. "It seemed like the walls were caving in on me. I felt as though I were suffocating from the dust."
Her husband was in another bedroom at the back of the building. He heard his wife scream.
"I stepped out of the door into what I thought was my wife's bedroom," he said. "I fell on my face 15 feet below."
SPERRY suffered a badly cut leg but was released from the hospital shortly after treatment.

Freeport Journal-Standard Illinois 1947-05-15



article | by Dr. Radut