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ASTORIA, NY: MAY 21, 1913 – Two workers fell 155 feet after a guy wire snapped at the arch of the Astoria Viaduct under construction in this section of Queens. The men were working with concrete when the construction accident occurred, toppling a huge section of the wall being constructed with them on top of it. The section fell inside the huge hollow space and dropped 155 feet to the earthen floor below. Firemen arrived and immediately laddered the damaged tower. Several firemen and a doctor made their way down to the injured men. Using boards nailed together, they improvised stretchers to remove the injured men. Ropes were tied to the boards and the men were hauled up to safety one at a time.
GHENT, BELGIUM: MAY 25, 1913 – Fire destroyed the Indio-China pavilion and two restaurants at the Exposition Universelle et Internationale (International Industrial Exhibition), a world’s fair held from April 6 until October. Firefighters had a difficult time, but were successful in stopping the flames from extending to the neighboring British and Beaux Arts exhibits.