Alymer, ON Boiler Explosion, Oct 1909
BOILER BLEW UP.
FRIGHTFUL CATASTROPHE OCCURRED IN AYLMER.
A LOSS OF $200,000 AS RESULT OF FIRE AND EXPLOSION.
ENGINEER OF LIGHT PLANT IS BLOWN TO PIECES.
THE WHOLE TOWN WAS SHAKEN -- SHOCK HEARD IN ST. THOMAS, 12 MILES AWAY -- CAUSE IS A DEEP MYSTERY.
Aylmer, Ont., Oct. 13. -- One man missing, the electric light plant wrecked, and the town thrown in total darkness, a large shoe factory burned, and every building in the town more or less damaged is the situation as a result of a terrific boiler explosion at 7 o'clock last night.
A boiler of the electric light plant had just been repaired and was in service last night for the first time, and the electric light officials have no idea what caused the explosion. There was only one man in the building at the time, HARRY FISHER, the night engineer, and as no traces of him have been found, it is supposed that he was blown to pieces.
The big building was reduced to a mass of ruins by the force of the explosion. The debris took fire almost immediately, and the flames spread to the Brandon shoe factory, a large wooden structure which, despite the efforts of the firemen, was reduced, with all contents, to a heap of ashes. It employed 100 hands and was one of the chief industries of the town.
A number of other buildings in the vicinity also took fire and burned to the ground. The shock of the explosion was heard in St. Thomas, 12 miles distant and smashed every window in the business district of Aylmer.
The plant had been in operation about 15 years and was thought to be in good condition. FISHER, who was in charge, was thought to be a reliable man. He was about 42 years of age and leaves a widow and children. The loss will not be less than $200,000, with about $50,000 on the light plant and $150,000 on the shoe factory. Both are well insured.
Evening News Sault Ste. Marie Michigan 1909-10-13