Houston, TX Fatal Smokestack Accident, Nov 1927

Steeplejack Painter Dies of Burns Received In Blazing Smokestack

Houston, Texas, Nov. 11 (AP).-J. F. McCloskey, 35, a steeplejack painter, died at a Houston hospital Friday, and H. A. Sullivan, foreman, who rescued him, is in a serious condition as the result of bruises and burns received inside a smokestack at a downtown building during the Armistice Day parade.

A bucket of paint caught fire inside the 300-foot smokestack where McCloskey was working. His clothes were burned from his body and he was badly bruised by a fall of thirty-five feet while trying to put out the blaze.

Sullivan rescued McCloskey by pulling him through a hole in the pipe and smothering the flames on his body by covering him with iron rust and scales.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 12 Nov 1927