Montreal, QB Apartment Building Explosion, Mar 1965

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The explosion was so big that eight hours after the blast, the hundreds of workers had made their way through only about half the debris.
Ambulances and police cars with sirens screaming raced in and out of the area carrying the dead to the morgues and the injured to hospitals. Doctors set up emergency treatment centers on the edge of the disaster area.

The Montana Standard Butte Montana 1965-03-02

Listing Of Casualties and Injured:
0365 rue Bergevin:
NANCY McGUIGAN (Margret Nancy Green), 31, and her children, GORDON, 12, CAROLINE, 10, and WARREN, 13 months.
VERA PEARD (Veronica Marion Costello), 39, and her children, KEVIN, 2, DIANNE, 6, and SHARON, 9.
MRS. MARY CZOPKO, and her daughters, BRENDA, 5, and JOHANNE, 7.
JAMES DYER, 35, a roomer with the CZOPKOS.
JEAN MARC THIBEAULT, 44, and MRS. JEAN MARC THIBEAULT, 51.
MRS. LOUIS BISCHOFF, 44.

0367 rue Bergevin:
VERA, DONNA, and ANNE-MARIE REHANEK, ages 8, 5 and 2, respectively.
EMMA ARSENAULT, 50.
MARIELLE QUESNEL, 33.
MRS. JOHN CHALMERS, and her daughter, DEBRA-ANN, 3.

Other addresses:
MARC FERNANDO DOUCET, 9 months old.
SANDRA DAWSON, 3, granddaughter of EMMA ARSENAULT.
SHEILA JONES, 1 year old.
GAIL SYLVIA, 16.
HEATHER SYLVIA, 10.
DONNA SYLVIA, 4.

Injured:
DANNY SILVER, 8, nose fracture, cuts.
SHARON SILVER, 10, leg fracture, cuts.
DIANE SILVER, 3, under observation.
LAURA SILVER, 4, contusions.
LOUIS LAJOIE, 8, contusions.
MRS. MARY CZOPKO, 32, broken back (died on March 26, 1965)
NORMAN CZOPKO, 9 months, legs fractured, contusions.
LEEAN JONES, 2, contusions.
SUSAN PEARD, 13, multiple fractures
and contusions.
MRS. JAMES ILACQUA, cuts and contusions.
MRS. JAMES DAWES, contusions.
ALBERT REHANEK, burns and contusions.
SELMA RYCE REHANEK, burns and cuts.
ANTONIO CIARLO, contusions, burns, serious condition.
HELMUTE WIET, multiple fractures, burns.
WAYNE McGUIGAN (son of Nancy, 3) had to break leg to get out of stairwell.

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Gas explosion

I was in Montreal and remember well this explosion back in 1965 and ever since I have been worried about gas lines. Now I live in California about 55 miles north from San Bruno where this big gas explosion shook our world again. It is a miracle not more people were killed. That explosion reminded me of Montreal in 1965.