Hochelaga, QB Gas Explosion, May 1888

FEARFUL EXPLOSION.

FOUR PERSONS KILLED, THIRTY INJURED AND A BUILDING WRECKED BY A GAS EXPLOSION.

Montreal, Can., May 26. - The new gasometer at the gas works at Hochelaga exploded about half-past eight o'clock this morning. It is supposed that there were from twelve to twenty men in the building at the time. Five bodies have been taken out. The remainder are still buried in the ruins.
The explosion at the Montreal Gas Company's reservoir at Hochelaga this morning has been attended with considerable loss of life. Four bodies have been taken from the ruins. Most of the bodies were only slightly bruised and death is supposed to have resulted from suffocation.
The building was undergoing repairs, and the men who were painting on the roof were blown fifty feet in the air, but escaped serious injury. It is estimated that thirty persons were more or less injured. The building is a total wreck. Nothing but the iron pillars remain standing. The explosion is said to have been caused by a leak in the reservoir, the gas being ignited by a lantern. It is thought that all of the bodies have now been recovered.

The Ottawa Daily Republic Kansas 1888-05-28