Toledo, OH Dauntless Bicycle Factory Explosion, Apr 1896


Gasoline Explodes and Causes Heavy Losses at Toledo.

Toledo, O., April 20.---By the explosion of a barrel of gasoline in the Dauntless bicycle factory the entire plant was wrecked. The fire was communicated to the Toledo machine and tool works, where many valuable patterns were ruined. Their loss will amount to $40,000, with insurance at $30,000. In the Dauntless factory there was 200 finished wheels and many fittings. A second explosion, supposed to be enameling fluid, occurred at 1:30 a. m., Sunday which caused the rear and side walls to fall. The loss on the bicycle factory is placed at $110,000. The insurance is about $75,000.

Evening Bulletin, Decatur, IL 20 Apr 1896