Waynesburg, PA Fireman Perish By Falling Wall
FOUR KILLED IN WAYNESBURG BLAZE.
FALLING WALL KILLS FIREMEN, $750,000 LOSS.
PENNSYLVANIA CITY SCENE OF DISASTROUS FIRE.
FIVE OTHERS HURT, SEVERAL SERIOUSLY, AS FLAMES SWEEP BUSINESS DISTRICT.
Waynesburg, Pa., Dec. 28 -- (AP) -- Four volunteer firemen were killed and five others injured, two seriously, during a fire which swept the business district of Waynesburg early today. Several buildings were destroyed and a number of others damaged, the total loss being estimated at $750,000. The firemen were crushed under a falling wall.
The firemen who met death were:
VICTOR H. SILVEUS, suffered fractures of the skull, and jaw bones.
LUTHER RENNER sustained an injury to his back.
Three other men received cuts and bruises. All the injured were members of the Waynesburg Fire Company, were taken to a hospital, where it was said the condition of SILVEUS and RENNER, was serious.
Buildings destroyed, were the Downey Hotel, a three story brick structure, the Grossman building, a four story brick and the First Presbyterian Church. The loss to the hotel was placed at $275,000 and that of Grossman Brothers, owners of the building which housed their department store at $325,000. Thireteen shops located in the hotel building suffered losses ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 and six stores in the Grossman building had losses ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. The church loss was $10,000.
The four victims were turning water into the hotel building when a wall collapsed, trapping them in the debris. The injured firemen, fighting the flames nearby, had sufficient warning to make their escape from under the wall but were struck by bricks.
The fire was discovered in a restaurant located in the hotel building. It quickly spread to the other structures. Guests in the hotel escaped in their night clothing and lost all their belongings. The county court house, located nearby, was menaced for a time but was saved after the tower had been destroyed.
Steubenville Herald-Star Ohio 1925-12-23