Pittsburg, PA Gasoline Explosion, Aug 1924

EIGHT KILLED BY GASOLINE BLAST IN PITTSBURG.

Pittsburgh, Pa., Aug. 30. - An explosion of gasoline last evening in the garage of the People's Natural Gas Co., Forbes Street, took a toll of eight lives, three of them boys, caused probable fatal injury to seven persons and less serious injury to seven others. A part of the People's Natural Gas Co. building was wrecked and adjoining buildings were shaken by the blast. The probable damage was estimated at $10,000.
The explosion occurred when a 1,500-gallon tank of gasoline was being drained into the storage tank at the garage. Four automobiles in the garage and six others standing in the street were destroyed by fire which followed the blast.
Flames shot through windows and doors of the building from the truck which had hauled the gasoline tank into the garage. Officials of the company declared they could assign no cause for the blast.
Scenes of wildest confusion followed until police reserves arrived and established fire lines. Windows within a radius of eight blocks were shattered.
The dead are:
EDWARD BURNISH.
JOHN MESSINA, aged 6.
ROBERT McFALLS, aged 7.
PATSY DEGRASIS, aged 30.
FRANCIS BOWN, aged 26.
PATRICK KANE, aged 50.
JAMES MONTGOMERY.
and HARRY MILLER.
The majority of those seriously injured were standing near the garage. The clothing was burned from some of them and they were hurled thirty feet by the concussion. Automobiles were commandeered by the police to remove the injured to hospitals.
About twenty-five persons were in the building at the time, the majority of them being girls. Three young women were among those injured. They were hurled across the room by the blast. The others were hurled to the street from the third floor, where they were working.

Pittston Gazette Pennsylvania 1924-08-30

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