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Coffeyville, KS Gas Main Explosion, Oct 1906

EXPLOSION KILLS TWO.

FIVE BUILDINGS ARE IN RUINS.

COFFEYVILLE, KAS., SCENE OF ACCIDENT.

TWENTY-FOUR INJURED, oF WHOM FOUR MAY DIE -- CATASTROPHE CAUSED BY GAS LEAKING FROM MAIN.

Topeka, Kas., Oct. 28. -- (AP) --Two persons were killed, one is missing, four were seriously injured and twenty others were more or less injured in a terrific explosion of natural gas which completely demolished five two-story buildings at Coffeyville, Kansas, at noon today.
The dead:
JESSE ROSS, a negro.
MRS. J. F. McDANIEL.
Missing:
Young son of C. J. CLOSSEN, grocer.
The seriously injured.
C. J. CLOSSEN, grocer.
COLTON RAY, a cab man.
MRS. PEARL KELLER.
Three-year-old son of MRS. KELLER.
It is supposed that the gas escaped from a leaking main somewhere in the block and that after a sufficient quantity had accumulated it became ignited, causing the explosion.
The buildings were in a row in East Eighth Street and were occupied by by a real estate office, three stores and a restaurant. The second floors of all the buildings were occupied by rooming houses.
Neither ROSS nor MRS. McDANIEL was killed outright by the explosion, but both were frightfully injured and died shortly afterward at a hospital. Brick and glass struck the negro cabman, and MRS. McDANIEL was crushed by falling debris.
The entire block of five buildings was leveled to the ground, and only broken bricks, scattered lumber and twisted iron remain. The buildings and stocks in them are a total loss, and none of them was insured against gas explosion.
A fire broke out immediately after the explosion, but the flames were quickly extinguished and little damage was done from that source. Several persons were buried in the debris, but MRS. McDANIEL was the only one fatally hurt. The others who were rescued were only slightly injured. One little girl, a daughter of S. D. FRAZIER, of the Kansas Land Company, was under the timber and brick for twenty minutes, but was taken out uninjured.

Rock Valley Bee Iowa 1906-11-02



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