Houston, TX Gas Refinery Blast, Oct 1933

TEN MEN SEVERELY BURNED OR SEARED IN REFINERY BLAST.

SEVERAL VICTIMS OF EXPLOSION NEAR HOUSTON REPORTED TO BE CRITAICALLY INJURED.

Houston, Oct. 1 - (AP) - Ten men were burned, several critically, when a tub in a still at the American Petroleum Company refinery at Norsworthy terminal exploded today.
A tremendous sheet of flame that enveloped the victims momentarily set fire to the clothing of several, increasing their injuries.
DAN NEAR, 28, foreman; N. A. NEAR, 26, brother of DAN; ROY DEROUEN, 22; RAY DEROUEN, 22, twin brother of ROY; THOMAS J. NEAL, 22; JACK FLETCHER, 25; EARL REYBURN, 32; J. W. FAWCETT, 23; J. L. HOWARD, 31; W. W. WESTBROOK, 40.
All of the men were burned on their face, necks and hands, and several sustained body burns as well.
NEAL, the DEROUEN twins, N. A. NEAR and REYBURN were the most seriously burned. Little hope was held out for the recovery of NEAL, but the DEROUEN twins, N. A. NEAR and the others were expected to recover.

Waco News-Tribune Texas 1933-10-02