Newark collapse kills one, injures three fire fighters

Issue 8 and Volume 114.

Newark collapse kills one, injures three fire fighters FALLING WALLS during a fouralarm fire in Newark, N. J., on April 11, resulted in the death of one fireman and seriously injured three others. John Engelhorn & Son, meat processors and packers, stored cardboard boxes, waxed paper, trucks and other supplies in the one-story brick building, 100 by 150 at 18 Avenue L. Large laminated wooden trusses, spaced 12 to 15 feet apart, rested on the exterior walls and supported the roof. This type of trussed roof is commonly used in buildings where large, undivided floor areas are required, since this construction eliminates the need for columns to support the roof. The first alarm was received at 4:43 a.m. The weather was clear, the wind northwest at 25 miles per hour and the temperature 40° F. First-arriving Engine Company 27 reported a working fire. The fire had started in the southeast…

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