Denver, CO Apartment Building Explosion, May 1947


Denver, May 31. - (AP) - An explosion in an apartment building killed three occupants today, injured at least eight others and brought the roof smashing down as the walls crumpled.
The first body recovered was that of the landlady of the two-story brick structure at 35 West Dakota Avenue. She was MRS. GERTRUDE ROWAN, 60. Killed with her was her 11-year-old grandson, RICHARD ROWAN.
About two hours after the blast at 1 p.m. (EST) searchers found the body of a man police said was M. C. BRECKENRIDGE, 68, whose head was crushed.
Two of eight persons taken to Denver General Hospital were reported in critical condition.
Digging for other possible victims continued. Police Capt. L. C. Morton said gas escaping from a broken line set off the blast.
Although no fire followed the explosion, firemen prohibited anyone nearby from smoking because of danger of escaping gas.
"The entire building went up in the air and settled down on the foundation," said Mrs. Wanda K. Ough of Granby, Colo., who saw the blast.

Sedalia Democrat Missouri 1947-06-01