Cleveland, OH Several Explosions, Oct 1891

A TERRIBLE EXPLOSION IN CLEVELAND -- THREE KILLED AND FOUR INJURED.

Cleveland, O., Oct. 27. -- Just at dusk the works of the United States Mine Supply Co., on Wilson Avenue, in this city, exploded with a deep detonation and concussion that shook up the most fashionable residence portion of the city. There were a series of explosions that entirely demolished the brick building in which the works were located and scattered timbers and bricks in all directions. When the first fire engine reached the scene the firemen were compelled, on account of the explosions and flying debris, to crawl with their hose toward the building.
Twelve people were employed in making fuses and bombs out of dynamite, gun cotton, nitro-glycerine and giant powder. When the first explosion occurred bystanders said the roof appeared to be lifted from the building. The report was followed by piercing shrieks from within the structure. At the second explosion the walls collapsed and there was silence. Three people were killed outright and four injured, one seriously.
The killed are:
JOHN FISK, aged 14.
ALFRED SCHAFFER, aged 17.
PAUL PFAUNKUCHO, nephew of the president of the company, all of this city.
MINNIE PECK, aged 20, was cut badly in the hips. The others were more shocked than hurt.
Of the killed only SCHAFFER was recognizable, the bodies of the other two being identified by clothing. None of those who escaped can give any cause for the explosion. The loss will amount to $20,000.

Bradford Era Pennsylvania 1891-10-28