Long Beach, LI, NY explosion, Aug 1901


No Cause for It Has Been Yet Discovered - Guests Still at Hotel.

LONG BEACH, L. I., Aug. 12. - S. B. Allen, Vice President of the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, came to the Long Beach Hotel to-day and began an investigation as to the cause of the boiler explosion which occurred in the hotel yesterday. Mr. Allen said to-day:

"I have not progressed far enough in my investigation to justify me in making any statement as to the cause of the explosion."

An investigation shows that a probable great loss of life was prevented by the immense chimney. The fire box of the boiler, weighing eight tons, which was thrown one hundred feet into the centre of the hotel, was stopped by this chimney. If it had not been so stopped it would have done an immense amount of damage.

About two hundred guests still remain in the hotel. Many of them are preparing to leave. This morning they had to go to the Long Beach Inn for their breakfast. Col. Dick places the damage caused by the explosion at from $25,000 to $30,000.

The New York Times, New York, NY 13 Aug 1901