Herkimer, NY Roundhouse Explosion, Aug 1901


Little Falls, N.Y., Aug. 19. -- The Mohawk & Malone roundhouse at Herkimer was discovered to be on fire at 10:30 tonight. Watchman GILBERT and an engine tender named JOHN DECK assisted by residents of the vicinity and members of the bridge building gang attempted to extinguish the flames.
While they were battling with the flames a large quantity of dynamite stored in the building exploded with terrific force, killing GILBERT and DECK and four others.
The bodies of the last four mentioned are unrecognizable.
The roundhouse was wrecked and burned. It is feared there are other bodies in the ruins. The roundhouse is owned by the New York Central & Hudson River railroad.

Anaconda Standard Montana 1901-08-20