Avon, CT Fuse Co. Explosion, Sept 1905


Thirteen Now the Number From the Fuse Factory's Explosion--Condition of Others Still Precarious.

The roll of deaths from the explosion and fire at the plant of the Climax fuse company. Friday afternoon, at Avon, Ct., now numbers 13, and there are still several injured ones whose condition is looked upon as extremely critical. The deaths since those previously reported are Michael Canfield, 50, Mrs. Ida Wild, 20. The injured ones whose condition is now considered most desperate are Miss Nellie Canfield, Miss Mary Latzkowsicz, Patrick Loughman and Arthur Tuller. It was feared yesterday morning that Loughman's burns would prove fatal. Miss Canfield and Miss Latzkowsicz are so bady[sic] burned about the hands and arms that amputation may be necessary, if they survive Michael McCarthy, who was thought Sunday to be dying, seemed slightly better yesterday, and is believed to have a chance of recovery. Earl Tuller, brother of Arthur Tuller, although severely burned, is expected to recover.

The funeral of Miss Diana N. LeGeyt (not Dorothea, as previously sent out) whose death occurred Saturday, bringing the list of victims of the disaster up to 11, will be held today, and the burial will be in the Avon cemetery. Services over the bodies of three of the fire victims were held simultaneously yesterday at the Catholic church in Collinsville, six miles from Avon. The bodies were those of Mr. and Mrs. William Burke and Mrs. Burke's half-sister, Miss Nora Ryan. At the conclusion of the church service they were placed side by side in a large grave. In alighting from a carriage, Mrs. Patrick O'Neil of Avon, who went to Collinsville to attend the funeral, fell and fractured her leg. Yesterday afternoon another funeral, that of Michael Canfield, who died Sunday morning, was held in the Collinsville Sunday, was placed in the new cemetery, which had been consecrated only an hour or two before by the bishop.

Springfield Republican, Springfield, MA 19 Sept 1905


Victims of Avon Disaster Improving.

With the exception of Patrick Loughman, all the surviving victims of the explosion and fire at the Climax fuse works at Avon, were reported yesterday as showing some improvement in condition and there are hopes of their recovery, unless complications develop. Loughman's condition is very serious and it is feared that his burns will prove fatal, making the total of deaths 14. Three funerals of victims of the fire were held yesterday. The bodies of Michael Canfield, who died Sunday, and of Richard McCarthy, who met death in the flames, were removed to Collinsville, where services were held at the Roman Catholic church. The funeral of Miss Diana Le Geyt took place at the home of her father in Avon. It is announced that the directors of the Climax fuse company have voted to rebuild their plant at once. The fire practically wiped out the plant as far as working capacity was concerned.

Springfield Republican, Springfield, MA 20 Sept 1905



Special Dispatch to The Republican

HARTFORD, Ct., Saturday, September 23.

The death of Mary Litxkoswiz, 23, at St. Francis hospital in this city raises the casualty list of the Avon fuse holocaust to 15 deaths. The young woman, who was pitiably burned in the explosion, was brought to this city in an ambulance Tuesday, having been cared for at Dr. Tanner's house up to that time. Her body will be taken to Tariffville tomorrow for burial.

Springfield Republican, Springfield, MA 24 Sept 1905