Toledo, OH Two Story Building Explosion, Jan 1927

SEVEN MISSING, NINE INJURED IN BLASTS.

Toledo, Jan. 22 -- (AP) -- Spurred by the finding of six bodies, a score of firemen late Saturday were swarming over a smoking mass of burning wood, twisted steel and blackened bricks -- the remains of a two-story Point Place building, demolished by two terrific explosions at noon, searching for more victims.
Late today the bodies of four adults and two children had been found, but it is feared more children are buried in the debris. The building was in Edgewater drive near Sable drive.
Bodies believed to the those of MRS. A. CONNARD, MRS. FRED KLEIS and DONALD BECKER, six, were among those found.
One badly charred body was recovered.
The missing:
MRS. FRED KLEIS.
MRS. A. CONNARD, 63.
DON BECKER, 6.
Charred body of girl about 7; several children, names unknown.
The injured:
MRS. BLANCHE JENNINGS, both legs broken.
FRED KLEIS, seriously burned.
JOHN BUTLER, burned about face.
Those escaped:
THOMAS HUNTER.
CARL BICHT.
WILLIAM JENNINGS, and several others.
The dead woman was believed to be MRS. FRED KLEIS, wife of the proprietor of a grocery store which occupied the building jointly with a barbershop and dry cleaning plant.
The explosion occurred in the cleaning plant.
A small boy, DONALD BECKER, 6, was believed to have met death in the flames.
When his mother reached the scene, she said that she heard her son cry out:
"Mother, get me out -- I'm dying!"
The youngster was in the KLEIS grocery store when the blast occurred. BETTY ROACH, 5, with him at the time escaped.
An unidentified man rescued MRS. H. M. BASSETT, occupant of the building when walls trapped her escape.
The injured, in local hospitals are:
MRS. BLANCHE JENNINGS, both legs broken, internal injuries.
FRED KLEIS, both legs broken, broken nose, burns.
CARL BICHT, who saved KLEIS from cremation, when the grocer was unable to move from his burning store, and MRS. H. M. BASSETT, both were injured but taken to their homes.
Late today, searchers had failed to find the body of MRS. ANNIE CONRAD, 64, mother of MRS. JENNINGS, thought to have been in the building.
JOHN GETZENGER, who was repairing his automobile in front of the building, was thrown from his feet by the blast and injured by falling bricks.

Portsmouth Daily Times Ohio 1927-01-22