Los Angeles, CA Times Building Explosion and Fire, Oct 1910
BERT LEONARD was the only man at work in the business department in the front of the Times. The explosion, which occurred in the rear of the building more than 100 feet distant, hurled LEONARD to the floor and cut and bruised him severely. He attempted to make his way to the front door of the building but a few feet distant but was so dazed that he was helpless and had to be helped out by passersby who rushed into the business office from the street. His clothes were drenched with blood from cuts about his head and face, but he was not seriously injured.
THOMAS P. SMITH, ad compositer, was at work on the second floor when the explosion occurred. "There were at least fifty men at work on my floor," he said, "and we all made for the door at once. At least half of us got out, I think, but there must have been fifteen or so on our floor who may not have escaped. The explosion appeared to be in the basement or on the first floor of the new six-story building. Flames followed the explosion immediately. When I reached the sidewalk the whole front was ablaze - both the old and new buildings."
Prompt action by the fire department saved the adjoining buildings on the north side of Broadway, but not until they had been damaged.
The wounded crawled from the building and were hustled to the receiving hospital where a corps of doctors, hastily summoned, attended their injuries.
LIST OF CASUALTIES IN CATASTROPHE TO L.A. TIMES BUILDING
Following is a list to date of dead, missing and wounded in the disaster in the Los Angeles Times building:
HARVEY C. ELDER, assistant city editor, burned and fatally injured leaping from burning building; died in hospital.
CHARLES E. LOVELACE, country editor, leaped from third story; died in hospital.
J. WESLEY REAVES, secretary to Assistant General Manager CHANDLER, body believed to be in the ruins.
R. L. SAWYER, telegraph operator, body believed to be in the ruins.
HARRY L. CRANE, assistant telegraph editor, body believed to be in the ruins.
J. C. GILLIGHER, linotype operator, married and has five children.
W. G. TUNSTALL, linotype operator, married.
FRED LLEWELLYN, linotype operator, married.
JOHN HOWARD, printer, married, one child.
GRANT MOORE, machinist, married, three children.
EDWARD WASSON, printer, married.
ELMER FRINK, operator, married.
EUGENE CARESS, married, one child.
DON E. JOHNSON, operator, married.
ERNEST JORDAN, operator, married, one child.
FRANK UNDERWOOD, married, one child.
CHARLES GULLIVER, compositor, married.
CARL SALLADA, linotype operator.
HOWARD COURDAWAY, linotype operator.
CHARLES HAGGERTY, pressman.
HENRY LEES, compositor.
The following injured were taken to the receiving hospital. Many other injured were taken to other hospitals:
G. L. SALADA, linotype operator, cut and burned, serious.
M. WESTON, cut on shoulders.
G. F. LINK, cut on head.
MRS. J. B. ULRICH, proof reader, fell down elevator shaft, flesh torn from right leg.
U. S. G. PENTZ, linotype operator, jumped from second story; arm broken, bruises.
ALBERT G. SCHWAHM, composing room, head cut.
RICHARD GOFF, cut and burned.
AUGUST KETSCH, composing room, burned on arms.
E. B. ASPINWALL, linotype operator, cuts and burned.
CHARLES VAN VELSEN, fireman, hands cut.
S. W. CRABILL, foreman composing room, severe bruises.
RANDOLPH ROSSI, linotype operator, jumped from second floor, severely injured.
WILL LOTTS, sterotyper, burned arms and back.
G. RICHARD, cuts.
The Fresno Bee California 1910-10-02
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