Evansville, Ind., Fireman Killed by Wall Collapse

Evansville, Ind., Fireman Killed by Wall Collapse

Malcolm Norman, an Evansville, Ind., fireman and father of four, was killed by the collapse of a concrete block wall while fighting a fire in a vacant house on June 17. Norman had been a fireman a little less than a year. He was appointed as a rookie on June 26, 1959, and became a regular fireman five months later, according to Fire Chief Fred Houghland.

Captain Raymond Helfrich was also caught in the collapse, and critically injured.

Fire Inspector Joseph Ohl said the fire started from a trash fire on the porch of the building. The owner of the building had been dismantling it, and is reported to have been burning trash shortly before the fire was reported. He claimed that the walls were cracked in many places and, if he had been present, would have warned the fireman about their instability.

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