Milford, DE Coal Oil Lamp Explosion, Aug 1885


WILMINGTON, Del., Aug. 22.---The wife of the Rev. J. S. Willis, of Milford, this State, died early this morning from burns received by an explosion of a coal-oil lamp. She was alone in the house at the time. Her daughter had been to a party, and returning home found the room on fire and mother lying on the floor so badly burned that she died in four hours.

The New York Times, New York, NY 23 Aug 1885