Peoria, IL Two Gas Explosions, Jan 1957


Peoria, Ill., January 17 (AP) -- Three persons and possibly a fourth, perished in two rapid-fire explosions in a city gas line that leveled a house and two-story building Wednesday night.
Five other persons were injured.
Killed by the blasts and subsequent fire were PERRY TRAUB, 40, operator of a grocery store; JOHN J. HEITZMAN, 62, owner of the dwelling and the commercial building; and ROBERT EINFELDT, JR., 11, whose body was uncovered in the rubble today. The boy was HEITZMAN'S grandson.
The child's father, ROBERT J. EINFELDT, about 45, son-in-law of HEITZMAN, was missing and a search continued for his body.
EINFELDT'S other son KENNETH, 8, and HEITZMAN'S wife, OPAL, 60, escaped from the house after the blasts. MRS. HEITZMAN suffered severe burns and cuts and her condition was described as "serious." The boy was only slightly injured.
The Central Illinois Light Co., said a company truck had been dispatched to the scene before the explosions occurred. The company said an unidentified resident of the neighborhood had complained of a heavy odor of leaking gas.

Salina Journal Kansas 1957-01-17