Spring City, PA Building Gutted By Flames, Aug 1889

WALL FELL WITH A CRASH.

FIRE COMPLETELY GUTTED A READING BUILDING -- ONE MAN WAS KILLED AND FOUR INJURED BY THE FALLING OF BRICK.

Reading, Penn., Aug. 31. -- A disastrous fire and loss of life occurred at Spring City early this morning. Flames were discovered about 1 o'clock in the rotary room of the American Wood Paper Company's works by one of the employees. An alarm was sent out of the employees. An alarm was sent out, and in a short time the several fire companies arrived on the scene.
The flames spread rapidly, and before they could be checked, one of the large buildings, three stories high and filled with valuable machinery, was completely destroyed.
About 3 o'clock the wall on the northeast side bulged out and about 30 feet of it fell with a crash. OLIVER MOONSHOWER, aged 30, an employee, was instantly killed and WILLIAM ROBINSON, CHARLES SEIFORT, WILLIAM SCHAEFER and HENRY SEASER were badly injured. SEIFERT'S injuries, it is feared, will prove fatal. ROBINSON is badly hurt, but may live. The others are not seriously injured.
The loss will reach $90,000; covered by insurance.

Boston Daily Globe Massachusetts 1889-08-31