Toledo, OH Parish House Explosion, Feb 1927
PARISH HOUSE IS WRECKED BY BLAST.
BOMB MAY HAVE DESTROYED TOLEDO CONGREGATIONAL STRUCTURE -- TWO LOSE LIVES.
VICTIMS ARE REMOVED.
WOMAN CARETAKER AND HUSBAND ARE KILLED, AND WOMAN ASSISTANT IS SEVERELY BURNED.
Toledo, Ohio, Feb. 5 (AP) -- Two persons were killed and a third seriously injured early today in an explosion and fire that destroyed the First Congregational Church and adjacent parish property.
The dead are:
MR. and MRS. CLYDE E. WILT.
MRS. WILT was caretaker of the church.
MRS. MARY FITZGERALD, assistant caretaker was taken to a hospital.
Cause of the explosion was not definitely determined. Fireman expressed belief it might have resulted from escaping gas in a water heater, but Charles H. Langdon, architect of the building, declared the blast may have resulted from a bomb. He said he did not believe gas was escaping.
Thousands of persons crowded the fire lines around the church property while firemen plunged into the kitchen of the parish house and brought out MRS. FITZGERALD, 33, and the bodies of WILT and his wife. MRS. FITZGERALD was severely burned.
The blast was of teriffic force, hurling doors and window frames across the street and rocking the neighborhood. Windows of buildings nearby were shattered.
MRS. FITZGERALD was so badly burned that she was not identified until her husband reached the hospital.
The loss was estimated at $200,000.
A suspicious appearing man seen at the church yesterday caused belief the explosion was caused by a bomb.
The Rev. Allan Stockdale, pastor of the church, is visiting in Washington, D.C.
Emporia Gazette Kansas 1927-02-05