Cleveland, OH Linseed Oil Plant Fire, Feb 1948

THREE BURNED IN CLEVELAND BLAZE.

REPORT DAMAGE OF $150,000 TO LINSEED OIL PLANT, BLAST PRECEDES FIRE.

Cleveland, Feb. 18. -- (INS) -- Three men were burned, one critically, in a three-alarm fire at the Sherwin-Williams company linseed oil plant near the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland early today.
The blaze began with an explosion, the cause of which is undetermined, and brought out 15 companies and a fireboat.
The injured were EBERTON BUTTS, 21, who was taken to Lutheran Hospital in critical condition, and ALFRED FARRIS, 47, and JOHN COFFIE, 28, who were in fair condition at Lutheran and Fairview Hospitals, respectively.
A shift of 21 men had just begun work when the explosion occurred. JAMES REED who was working on the first floor when the blaze started, said the explosion occurred near the trimming machine where he was working. The blaze spread quickly to the second floor and into the linseed meals bins, according to REED.

New Castle News Pennsylvania 1948-02-18