Three Firemen Killed in Philadelphia
Three firemen were killed by a falling wall when flames swept and completely destroyed the five-story brick chocolate factory of W. T. Westcott & Company, on the northwest corner of Seventh and Spring Garden streets, at 11 o clock last Thursday night. While the blaze leaped skyward the last rites of the church were administered to the dying men by the Rev. E. T. Murtaugh a priest who happened to be in the neignborhood. The dead, all of whom were from Engine Company No. 23. are; Frank King, William Costello, Charles Moritz. The building, which was formerly a Baptist church, burned rapidly. Within less than three-quarters of an hour after the blaze was discovered the walls were collapsing on all sides. Only 10 minutes before the three men were killed the shout of a lire captain saved five others from a similar doorm Herman Knocklin, 10 years old, of 500 North Bodine street, was thrown to the street and severely injured by a falling hose, He was taken to the Jefferson Hospital. Acting Fire Chief John Meskill was among those near the wall when it fell and narrowly escaped with his life, I he factory building extended from 701 to 709 Spring Garden street. The loss is estimated at more than $80,000.
Fire practically destroyed the City Hotfd at Monkato, Minn., with a loss of $15,000. First sistant Chief M. L. Fallenstein of the fire dertment was overcome by smoke, and after recovering consciousness, died of heart failure.