Yellow Creek, WV Oil Explosion, Sep 1904

SIX KILLED BY BURNING.

TERRIFIC EXPLOSION AT YELLOW CREEK CAUSES LOSS OF LIFE.

FOUR OTHERS ARE INJURED.

HOUSE SET AFIRE BY BLAZING OIL AND ESCAPE OF OCCUPANTS WAS CUT OFF.

(By Associated Press.)
Yellow Creek, W. Va., Sept. 2. -- Six persons were burned to death, and four terribly injured by a fire and oil explosion here early today.
Dead are:
HENRY S. FLING.
MRS. HENRY S. FLING.
MISS EUNICE FLING.
DORSEY FLING.
GEORGE FISH.
CLINTON MOORE.
Injured:
ROBERT ALEXANDER, JR., fatally burned.
W. W. FISH, may recover.
REV. MR. STEAD, very seriously.
The house of FLING was fired by a street lamp, and the intense heat set fire to the ring of an oil well near the house. The flames destroyed the derrick and communicated to the tank, which was full of oil. Before the occupants of the house realized their danger a terrific explosion occurred. The blazing oil was thrown all over the house and their escape was cut off. The bodies were recovered after the fire was subdued.

The Times Dispatch Richmond Virginia 1904-09-03