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Avon, CT Fuse Co. Explosion, Sept 1905

Watch Bodies Burn.

The scene at the fire was heartrending. Friends and relatives of the missing were almost frantic with grief when it became known that the bodies of those close to them were being burned to a crisp in the ruins of the factory. As there is no fire department in the town it was utterly useless to cope with the flames with buckets. As one of the walls of the second largest building fell several bodies could be seen entangled in the mass of masonry in the basement and in a short time they, too, were reduced to ashes. Early in the evening the body of a woman was seen near the edge of the fire and an effort was made to pull it away from the flames, but on account of the great heat this was impossible. The loss on the four buildings burned is estimated to be $100,000.

Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks, ND 16 Sept 1905

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ELEVEN ARE VICTIMS OF FUSE EXPLOSION

ALL BUT TWO OF THE DEAD ARE IDENTIFIED BY RELATIVES OF THE DECEASED.

Avon, Conn., Sept. 16.--With the death of Doratthea LeGeyt the number of fatalities following the explosion and fire in the factory of the Climax Fuse company yesterday has reached eleven. Seven persons perished in the fire and four died today. In each of the latter cases inhalation of the flames being the primary cause, as all got out of the building with little external bodily injury. During the day the ruins of the main building cooled sufficiently to allow the workmen to go into the basement, where the found parts of charred bodies. Identification was made possible, however, in all except two instances by some metallic article, such as watches, pins or buttons.

Grand Forks Herald, Grand Forks, ND 17 Sept 1905

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DEATH ROLL NOW 13

List of Fuse Works Explosion Victims Grows.

AVON, Conn., Sept. 18.--The death roll from the explosion at the Climax Fuse Works last Friday has been increased to 13. Michael Canfield and Mrs. Ida Wilde have died since Sunday. The condition of four others is regarded today as critical.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, TX 18 Sept 1905

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