Minneapolis, MN Oil Company Explosion, Apr 1903

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ENTIRE OFFICE FORCE KILLED.

FRIGHTFUL DISASTER IN WORK OF WESTERN STAR OIL COMPANY AT MINNEAPOLIS.

AN EXPLOSION OF OIL.

WRECKS THE BUILDING AND SETS FIRE TO THE DEBRIS WITHIN AN INSTANT -- TEN PERSONS KILLED.

Minneapolis, Minn., April 23 -- Ten persons were killed by an explosion at the Western Star Oil Company today.
The dead:
W. H. DAVIS, president.
C. H. DURRIN, general manager.
STANISLAUS W. MITCHELL, cashier.
JACOB DOMM.
MISS CAROLINE A. RECORD, bookkeeper.
HAROLD C. COLBORN, clerk.
MISS ELLA M. ROUNDY, stenographer.
DAVID DACEY, foreman.
JOHN SPONTANSKE.
JOSEPH LAFOND, laborer.
The injured:
WILL LARSON.
CHARLES AARONS.
JOE McGINTY.
WALTER E. SCOTT, St. Paul, Minn.
JOSEPH DRONICK.
E. J. LINK.
JOSEPH LIVINGSTON.
The explosion came without an instant's warning and a second after the concussion the entire structure was a mass of flames. Not a person in the office escaped alive. Five men engaged on the second floor were the only persons who escaped. Although the cause of the explosion has not been determined it is said some employes were emptying oil tank cars into tanks in the basement of the building and it is possible that sparks from a switch engine ignited the inflammable fluids.
At one o'clock tonight three bodies were recovered, those of DOMM and MISSES ROUNDY and RECORD.
The fire is still burning and the search for the bodies is carried on with great danger.
Since the great mill explosion in 1878 this is the greatest disaster experienced here.
The financial loss is estimated at $55,000.

Decatur Herald Illinois 1903-04-24