Jersey City, NJ Building Collapse Nov 1890



Jersey City, N.J., November 22. - The walls of a new brick building in course of erection by Wells, Fargo & Co., on Pavonia Avenue, suddenly fell this morning, burying a large number of men in the ruins. The police, firemen and ambulances were soon on the spot, and the work of extricating the buried men commenced. From underneath the big pile of brick and timbers were heard faint calls for help. "We are being crushed to death!" "For God's sake help us out!" While willing hands tore away the bricks from the maimed limbs of the men underneath, others pulled away the iron girders and heavy blocks of wood. As fast as the ambulances arrived the injured men were put into them and sent to the hospital. By 10:30 eight masons, twelve iron-workers and fifteen laborers had been taken out and sent to the hospital. The injuries of some are regarded as fatal, and it is probable a number of them will die. The mason work was being done by MICHAEL BRENNAN. He was superintending it at the time of the crash, but was uninjured. It is understood that the iron girders which were used in the construction of the building were entirely too heavy for the brick work. It is believed that the weight tore down the east wall, causing it to collapse. The other walls remain standing. Following are the names of the killed and injured.
GEORGE BARRETT, 30 years. He was buried beneath a mass of brick and timbers inside the building.
An unknown Italian laborer about 35 years old, skull fracture and limbs injured; will probably die.
A. GENDALLI, an Italian, ribs broken and right hip injured.
GARTO CORAN, an Italian laborer, collar bone broken and spine injured.
NICHOLIN PETRAM, an Italian laborer, right leg and left arm broken and bruised about body.
A. GENTILLO, an Italian laborer, head cut and bruised about body.
GENIO BENEDO, Italian laborer, right hip smashed and ribs broken.
THOMAS KERN, bridge builder, badly hurt about head and side.
VITO MORRO, Italian laborer, hurt about head and back and suffering from shock.
MICHAEL GEROSO, Italian laborer, collar bone broken and head cut.
EMILE HOGAN, a rigger, head cut and side badly bruised.
M.GONDA, laborer, hurt about head and chest.
JEROME LARNO, Italian laborer, back bruised. He was taken home.
The broken wall was 12 inches thick and was too freshly built to stand the strain of the high wind, which prevailed and the weight of the timbers and girders.
A large portion of the pressed-brick front on Pavonia Avenue is badly bulged and cracked and will have to be taken down.

St. Louis Globe-Democrat MO Nov. 23, 1890