Pueblo, CO Minnequa Steel Furnace Explosion, Jul 1903

Fatally Burned In Furnace Explosion

Five Men Injured at the Minnequa Steel Works in Pueblo, Two of Whom May Die.

Pueblo, Colo., July 21.-In an explosion that occurred at the blast furnace “E” at the Minnequa steel works yesterday at 2 o’clock, five men were burned, two of whom will probably die. Injured:

William Henry, burned all over; will die.
Thomas Jeffery, arms, shoulders and head burned; probably fatally.
J.S. Williams, severely burned.
Mick Melovitch, left side and arm burned.

The men were opening the trap of the notch to allow the molten metal to run into the ladles, when the explosion occurred. It is thought that a pool of cool water in the trough caused the explosion

The injured men were taken to the Minnequa hospital.

Salt Lake Telegram, Salt Lake City, UT 21 Jul 1903