On April 17, 1869 A 3 story brick building had fire through the roof . Assistant Chief Engineer Ross noticed the high brick chimney shaking. He ordered the firemen to get out. Within minutes the chimney fell pulling the front wall with it, crashing down on the men of Engine Co. No. 1 and Engine Co. No. 4, and burying them in the cellar. Pipeman John McBride was killed instantly having suffered a broken neck from the falling brick. Asst. Chief Engineer William Ross and Pipeman James Sommers were critically injured. On April 22,1869, Pipeman Sommers died from his injuries. Pipeman James M. Sommers was 34 years old. Number of years served are unknown at this time.