Fairport, OH Tank Explodes In Shop, Nov 1936

THREE KILLED, 3 INJURED IN PLANT BLAST.

WORKMEN DIE WHEN STORAGE TANK AT SHOP EXPLODES.

Painesville, O., Nov. 5 (AP) -- An explosion killed three men and injured three others late today at the Diamond Alkali Co. plant at Fairport on Lake Erie a few miles north of here. The force of the blast shook the whole Fairport community of 5,000 population.
The sheriff's office at Painesville identified the dead as:
BYRON OSTRANDER of Madison, O.
GEORGE DOWNING, 37, of Mentor.
JACK BUTLER, 28, of Painesville.
Fire followed the explosion which occurred in a storage tank filled with pulverized coal. The injured were taken to Lake Co. Memorial Hospital.
J. C. Hobbs, superintendent of the company, said the cause of the explosion was undetermined. An investigation would be started immediately, he said.
Employes said the explosion blew out the walls of the local pulverizing unit, causing the roof to cave in. Fire broke out but was soon extinguished by the company's fire crew and workmen.
Those killed and injured were working on a coal tank in the pulverizing unit. Fellow workmen extricated them as the flames were brought under control.
Several hundred were working in the vicinity of the explosion.
Attendants said MARTIN KAUPILLA, 26, of Fairport was most severely injured. He was treated for severe burns and was in a critical condition.
Two others, LARRY WILBECK and JOE BURKOSVZKY, both of Fairport, were treated for minor burns. None of the others was seriously hurt.
The company manufactures sodas, caustics and other chemicals and has a payroll of 2,000 men in its various units.

Sandusky Register Ohio 1936-11-06