Asheville, NC Gasometer Explosion, Dec 1889

FATAL GAS EXPLOSION.

A GASOMETER AT ASHEVILLE, N. C., BLOWS UP, KILLING TWO MEN AND INJURING TWO OTHERS.

Asheville, N. C., Dec. 22. -- Shortly after daybreak the gasometer of the city gas works exploded with fatal effects. Friday night, owing to some defect in the works, the gas was cut off, and men were engaged all through the night making repairs. The water was drawn from the gasometer that a man might get inside to stop the leak. While doing so with a lantern the gas ignited, and the explosion followed, instantly killing WILLIAM GATES and LEWIS GUTHRIE and slightly wounding two others. The bodies of the men killed were thrown some distance and badly mutilated. The gasometer was totally destroyed and other parts of the works badly injured.

Eau Claire Daily Free Press Wisconsin 1889-12-23