Kalamazoo, MI Explosion And Fire, Feb 1898

SEVEN LIVES ARE CRUSHED OUT.

DOUBLE EXPLOSION AT A KALAMAZOO (MICH.) FIRE RESULTS IN A FEARFUL DISASTER.

Kalamazoo, Mich., Feb. 26. - [Special.] - At 10 o'clock tonight fire was discovered in the plant of the Hall Chemical Works. After burning half an hour, the firemen having worked hard to save adjoining buildings, two terrific explosions suddenly took place and the entire roof of the building was blown off. The firemen and fully a score of people were buried beneath the ruins.
The dead are:
DOLE, EUGENE, drayman, helping on the hose;
HALLIDAY, GEORGE, fireman;
HASTINGS, WILL;
McHUGH, PATRICK;
QUIGLEY, JAMES, cigarmaker;
WILCOX, helper;
WHITING, CHARLES, helper.
L. L. HOLLOWAY, a druggist, was caught in the falling timbers and cannot live. Both legs were broken and his spine twisted.
It is difficult to obtain particulars as to the injured, as they were taken to their homes as soon as they were pulled out of the ruins.
Of those who were buried under the debris it is said that two will die besides HOLLOWAY.
Immediately after the explosions the horses attached to a steamer ran away, wrecking the engine. The loss to the Hall Company is estimated at $20,000, partially covered by insurance. The Kalamazoo Box Company loses $2,500.

Chicago Tribune Illinois 1898-02-27