Waterbury, CT Hotel Fire, Sept 1916


Gas Pipes Break at Fire in Waterbury Block--100 Flee Flames.

WATERBURY, Conn., Sept. 15--Eight firemen are unconscious in hospitals here as the result of suffocation by water, gas and smoke in a fire which broke out early Thursday evening in the 'Tower of Babel," an old hotel rookery, occupied by several nationalities and now housing more than 100 people who are working in the different munition factories here.

The fire was discovered in the cellar, and in getting to it the firemen broke the illuminating gas pipes and were soon dragged out unconscious. Three are liable not to recover.

The list of the firemen overcome is Capts Arthur A. Cleveland and Thomas G. Walton and Lieuts Frank Fenn, Joseph Kelly and Martin Campion.

Other attaches of the chemical force seriously affected are Michael Conway, James McCoy and Frank Meehan.

Pawtucket Times, Pawtucket, RI 15 Sept 1916