New Orleans, LA Ice Works Boiler Explosion, Jun 1892



NEW-ORLEANS, June 25.--This evening, about 4:15 o'clock, a tubular boiler at the Consumers' Ice Works, occupying 143 to 159 Magazine, between Girard and Julia Streets, exploded, killing one man outright and seriously injuring several others, three fatally. The building, which was a two-story frame-brick structure, was partly carried away, and pieces of lumber, bricks, and iron were hurled through the air with terrific force and fell several yards away.

The building at once took fire, and alarms were sent in from all directions, which added to the intense excitement that prevailed. The cry was immediately raised that a dozen workmen had been made known when it was announced that the occupants of the adjoining two-story building, which had buried beneath the ruins in their home.

The man killed was a negro named Alber Coleman, who was passing in the street when the explosion occurred, and he saw his danger and started to run up the street when a heavy piece of scantling fell and crushed his skull.

Among those taken out of the ruins and injured were:

M. W. SMITH, chief engineer; received an ugly scalp wound and slight bruises about the body.

JACOB FRICKEY, boss fireman; severe scalp wound, right arm broken, and burned about the abdomen.

FREDDIE MATHISE, coal passer; was badly scalded and burned about the face, arms and body. He will die.

WILLIAM DOEBELIE, fireman; fatally burned and scalded about the face and entire body.

HICK SMITH, colored, a coal passer; was fatally scalded about the body and had his left leg fractured.

The building is owned by the Consumers' Ice Company, of which ex-Congressman N. D. Wallace is the President. The damage to the building is estimated at $10,000, which is covered by a policy of $25,000 in the Hartford Insurance Company.

The boilers were inspected a few days ago by F. B. Johnson of Hartford and declared all right.

The New York Times, New York, NY 26 Jun 1892