Key West, FL Lighthouse Tender Poinsettia Explosion, Dec 1928

Explosion Kills One

Lighthouse Tender Off Key West Catches Fire When Cook Strikes Matches.

(By United Press.)
Key West, Fla., Dec. 27.-The lighthouse tender, Poinsettia, caught fire and exploded at her berth in the navy yard Thursday, killing one and injuring three others.

Kris Knutsen, 32, a seaman, a native of Norway, was killed and Leon Carey and Y. Lesia, seamen, and J.C. Brown, a cook, were injured.

The explosion occurred when Brown struck a match in the galley to start breakfast. The entire port side of the craft was blown away.

Decatur Evening Herald, Decatur, IL 27 Dec 1928