Orono, ME Pulp And Paper Mill Explosion, Oct 1892 - Two Men Killed

FRIGHTFUL EXPLOSION IN A PULP AND PAPER MILL.

TWO MEN KILLED AND OTHERS HURT.

THE DISASTER CAUSED BY THE EXPLOSION OF TWO LARGE DIGESTERS IN THE MILL.

Orono, Me., Oct. 11. -- Two large digesters in the Bangor Pulp and Paper Company's mill exploded Tuesday morning, causing the loss of two lives and the injury more or less serious of six pesons.
The explosion was without apparent cause as the digesters were inspected two weeks ago and reported to be in perfect conditon. The digester room, the steam engine room and the machine room were shattered nto masses of debris. One of the mammoth digesters was thrown 300 feet into the air, and huge iron beams, timbers and bricks were scattered hundreds of feet from the site of the buildings.
Physicians and firemen were soon on the spot and water was immediately turned upon the furnaces, preventing the wrecked buildings from taking fire, and firemen and citizens quickly began the work of rescue.
RICHARD ZEIN, a German, was killed outright; WILLIAM EDDY of Orono was terribly injure and died soon after being taken out of the ruins.
WALTER SMITH; AUSTIN WHITTEMORE; WILLIAM BUCHANAN were taken out without serious injuries, and WILLIAM COSBY; H. FARRELL and JAMES McQUEEN were bady bruised. Superintendent CLARK was in his office writing at the time of the explosion and miraculously escaped injury.
The newspaper mill which adjoined the other buildings and wich began work only last Thursday had one side blown out and one machine damaged.
The plant changed hands Oct. 1 and was owned in Boston and Springfield. The digesters were valued at $90,000. The total loss will be over $300,000.

Daily Review Decatur Illinois 1892-10-12