Gloucester, MA Fire and Explosion, Jul 1867

THE GLOUCESTER FIRE. We learn upon investigation of the matter connected with the fire at Mr. Dale’s in Gloucester, on Monday last, that the first two explosions were the result of carelessness in drawing off the gasoline from the machine into open vessels with a lighted lantern on the near the machine, and that the third explosion, so disastrous in its consequences, was caused by the persistent determination on the part of one or more of the officers in command of the fire department to {ineligible} lighted lanterns again into the cellar, in spite of all that Mr. Dale could say or do to the contrary. The machine, so popular whenever used, was in no wise at fault, and Mr. Dale is free from censure of any kind.—Post.

Boston Journal, Boston, ME 2 Aug 1867