Issue 21 and Volume 1881 8.

THE FALL OF A DEATH TRAP. One day last week two buildings in this city, occupied by a large number of people, collapsed at seven o’clock in the morning, and fell to the ground, a mass of rubbish. The disaster was as sudden as unexpected, and the demolition of the buildings as complete as though an earthquake had suddenly torn away its foundations. A number of persons were buried in the ruins, nine of whom were killed, and others seriously injured. The Fire Department was at once summoned to the scene, and the men were employed all day in removing the wounded and dead from the ruins. This disaster points out the absolute necessity of frequent and thorough examinations of buildings. Both structures that fell were very old, but had been “ modernized ” by removing a portion of the brick wall of the first story and substituting an open…

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