Hertford, NC Boiler Explosion, Jan 1934

SIX KILLED IN BOILER BLAST.

EXPLOSION IN HERTFORD, N.C., WRECKS COTTON OIL PLANT -- SEVEN INJURED.

Hertford, N.C., Jan. 13. (AP) -- At least six men were killed and seven injured here early today in an explosion of boilers at the Eastern Cotton Oil company plant in the heart of Hertford.
The large plant was wrecked, with damage estimated at approximately $50,000.
Debris from the brick boiler room was scattered for more than 100 feet, and the entire town was shaken as though by an earthquake.
The known dead:
J. C. WILDER, engineer, and five helpers.
SOLICITOR WILSON.
JOHN WRIGHT.
KENLY FOREHAND.
GEORGE BROADY, JR.
OSCAR EASON.
First reports said the blast, which occurred shortly after the night shift had left the plant, was caused by low water in the boilers, but later it was said this had not been substantiated.
Rescue crews were at work in the wreckage of the boiler room, which contained three boilers, in an effort to determine whether other persons had been caught in the explosion.
The names of the injured and the extent of their injuries could not be determined immediately in the confusion which spread through the entire town.

Lowell Sun Massachusetts 1934-01-13