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William Redford O'Dell
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Birth: Jan. 30, 1879
Death: Oct. 10, 1915

He was one of three fireman of Engine Company No. 1 that were killed during a fire at the F. V. Gunn & Co. building on Virginia Street in Shockoe Slip. There was an explosion in the building that loosened a wall causing it to fall on the men.

The Baltimore Sun, 11 October 1915:

"Richmond, Va., Oct. 10-
Falling brick walls, following a fire which destroyed Crenshaw’s warehouse in Shockoe Slip and tobacco and other stock valued at more than $500,000, caused the death of three members of the city fire department today. The dead are: Capt. Richarm M. Norment, C.L. Atkinson, and W.R. O'DellL, members of No. 1 Fire Company.

After the fire was practically under control the firemen ventured too near one of the walls of the Crenshaw warehouse. It fell with a fearful crash. Captain Norment was instantly killed, while Atkinson and Odell were crushed so badly that death occurred a few hours after they were rescued by the comrades. A.K. Davenport and D.D.C. Johnson were injured and are in a serious condition.

The fire was discovered shortly after 1 o’clock this morning the Crenshaw warehouse. Thousands of pounds of tobacco, stored there for shipment to Italy, were lost. Other buildings burned were those of F.V. Gunn & Co., the Federal Sugar Refining Company and the R.A. Cauthorne Paper Company.

A strong wind was blowing and only by the hard work of the entire city fire department was the blaze confined to the square within which it started." 
 
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 Parents:
  Millard P O'Dell (1853 - 1917)
  Roberta C. Wingfield O'Dell (1856 - 1939)
 
 Spouse:
  Cora Bell Knight Dunnavant (1881 - 1924)*
 
 Children:
  Wilbur Hampton O'Dell (1900 - 1964)*
  Gladys C O'Dell (1901 - 1968)*
  Arneta E O'Dell Quinn (1910 - 1976)*
 
 Siblings:
  Maud O'Dell Hirschbiel (1878 - 1949)*
  William Redford O'Dell (1879 - 1915)
  Alice I O'Dell Duke (1881 - 1950)*
  Jennie Cecelia O'Dell (1884 - 1937)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Riverview Cemetery
Richmond
Richmond City
Virginia, USA
Plot: Plat B, Division 2, Section 141
 
Created by: CHS
Record added: Aug 21, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95703530
William Redford O'Dell
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William Redford O'Dell
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