Kalamazoo, MI Fire And Explosion, Feb 1898

EXPLOSION DURING A FIRE.

FIVE FIREMEN AND A DRAYMAN WERE KILLED AT KALAMAZOO, MICH., LAST NIGHT.

Kalamazoo, Mich., Feb. 26. -- Fire broke out in Hall Bros.' laboratory at 10 o'clock this evening.
While the firemen were trying to put out the fire in the second story a terrific explosion took place below, blowing up the entire side of the building. The first explosion was followed by two others. Firemen on the ladders were blown in every direction by the fearful concussion. The flames shot high into the air and it looked for a moment as if there would be an awful conflagration. The crowd was dazed by the explosion. Horses were thrown down and windows in the vicnity shattered.
Work of rescue began at once and the building was left to its doom. Intense excitement prevailed until 1 a.m.
The dead are:
P. G. McHUGH, fireman.
JAMES QUIGLEY, fireman.
GEORGE HOLLIDAY, fireman.
CHARLES WHITING, fireman.
JOHN HASTINGS, drayman.
WILLIAM WAGER, fireman.
The injured are:
L. L. HOLLOWAY, druggist, both legs broken and back broken; injured internally; will die.
ALBERT LATSON, concussion of the brain.
JOHN McALLISTER, legs broken.
EUGENE DOLE, injured about the head.
Several others, whose names cannot be obtained at this hour, were injured.
The loss in $30,000; insurance, $18,000.
The Kalamazoo Paper Box Company occupied the same building. Their loss is $6,000; insurance, $4,230.

Kansas City Sunday Journal Missouri 1898-02-27