Collapse of Tank at Parkersburg.
At Parkersburg. W. Va., on March 19, two lives were lost, five persons were seriously injured and a property loss estimated at $225,000 was caused when the two iron tanks on Prospect Hill, holding the city’s entire water supply of 2,000,000 gal., collapsed early in the day. Thirty residences were partially or entirely demolished as the torrent rushed down the steep hillside 200 ft. high. St. John’s Lutheran church, recently completed at a cost of $15,000, was completely demolished. The Summer school, for colored pupils, was damaged. The city had no protection at all from fire, until arrangements were made to pump water directly into the mains. The council has awarded a contract for four temporary tanks, to be completed within ten days. The tanks have long been considered dangerous. The council also ordered the city water supply to be pumped directly into the mains so as to avert a water famine and danger from fire. The collapse was caused by one of the tanks breaking away and falling on the other, which was also ruptured.