El Paso, TX Walls Collapse, Aug 1910
CRUSHED BY FALLING WALLS.
MAYOR OF EL PASO, TEX., LOSES LIFE DURING FIRE.
El Paso, Tex., Aug. 14. -- W. E. ROBINSON, mayor of El Paso lost his life at 9 o'clock this morning while endeavoring to warn a number of firemen of imminent danger from a tottering wall.
At the same time TODD WARE, a fireman, was instantly killed and WILLIAM ROBINSON and DAVE SULLIVAN, also firemen, were injured, the later perhaps fatally. The casualties followed a fire that broke out at 2 a.m. in the store of the Galisher Dry Goods company, and ruined it.
The fire had burned for nearly seven hours, and the unsafe condition of the wall so impressed Mayor ROBINSON, that he left the sidewalk and approached the building to instruct the firemen to stop their work. As he approached the building a large portion of the brick wall buckled and fell, crushing ROBINSON and WARE, and knocking the other men down. MRS. ROBINSON witnessed the accident from the sidewalk.
Conservative estimates place the loss by the fire at $225,000. All losses are covered by insurance. The origin of the fire is attributed to crossed wires in the basement, where the fire smoldered for over two hours before bursting into flames. A roomer, sleeping on the second floor, first smelt smoke and gave the alarm.
Nebraska State Journal Lincoln 1910-08-15