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Ruff Disaster
Birth: unknown
Death: Jun. 29, 1918
Sioux City
Woodbury County
Iowa, USA

Sioux City, Iowa, building disaster. Thirty-nine people died and countless others were injured when the Hedges Block collapsed and burned. The disaster was caused by faulty remodeling plans for the building that housed the Oscar Ruff Drug Store. Design flaws were not caught by the city's politically motivated appointee to City Building Inspector. In investigating the deaths, the coronerís jury primarily blamed the owners of the Hedges Block for underestimating the deteriorated condition of the building and also blamed the city building inspection department for not adequately overseeing the project. (bio by: Shiver) 
 
Burial:
Floyd Cemetery *
Sioux City
Woodbury County
Iowa, USA
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Originally Created by: Shiver
Record added: Jan 31, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 8339274
Ruff Disaster
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- sjm
 Added: Jun. 29, 2014

- James Snow
 Added: Jun. 29, 2014
May you all rest in peace
- Cindy
 Added: Jun. 29, 2014
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