Bonham Daily Favorite, Thursday Morning , Sept. 5, 1907
Horrible fate of Bud Freels.
Crushed beneath falling wall of burning laundry this morning.
Origin of fire is unknown. Alarm sounded at 1:50 am when entire building is wrapped in sheet of flame-- A.L. Smith , caught under falling wall will recover.
Denison, Tex., Sep. 4 - A disastrous fire occurred this morning , starting at 1:50 o clock in the business portion of the city on Woodard street in a two-story brick building occupied by the Lone Star Laundry Company. Bud Freels, an extra fireman, residing at No. 1030 West Owings Street, lost his life and R.F. Smith, another extra fireman residing at No. 320 West Sears Street, was seriously injured.
The building and contents were a total loss. The structure, which is owned by J.W. McDougall, is valued at aproximately $5,000. Mr. McDougall is spending his vacation in Idaho. C.D. Kingston, president of the laundry company, says the loss to the company will amount to over $15,000, which is fully covered by insurance.
The circumstances leading to the accident which resulted in the death of Fireman Bud Freels and the injury of Fireman A.L. Smith are that the men were on the west side of the building playing (sic) a stream of on the small amount of fire that remained on that side. Freels was just on the inside of the building and Smith was just on the outside when the wall fell both ways, dividing nearly half and half, completely covering both men. Freels was pinned under the three or four feet of debis, causing instant death. While Smith was entirely covered, the amount that fell on his head was much smaller than that which fell on Freels, allowing him the use of his arms and body to uncover his head, so that he could call for help.