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.
MRS. BEATRICE NIELSEN, his mother.
MRS. KAY NORRIS.
The injured were:
MRS. VERNAL JONES.
W. A. SPERRY.
RUCH SPERRY, his wife.
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