Lambertville, NJ Natural Gas Explosions, Feb 1971
SEVEN DIE WHEN GAS EXPLODES.
HIGH PRESSURE LEAK BLAMED IN TWO N. J. BLASTS.
Lambertville, N.J. (UPI) -- Seven persons were killed Wednesday when a gas explosion ripped through a house where several neighbors had sought refuge after an earlier blast destroyed two homes.
MRS. NANCY CROSBY, 60, escaped death when her house was destroyed in the initial explosion. She crossed the street to the neighbor's home where she was killed two hours later by the second explosion.
In addition to MRS. CROSBY, BRIAN HOAGLUND, 11, two other women, two young girls and another boy were killed in the dual explosions in this community on the Delaware River about 15 miles north of Trenton, the state capital. The others were not identified.
At least nine persons were injured, one seriously.
Officials theorized a faulty valve on a three-inch high pressure gas line may have caused the explosions by permitting gas to leak into sewer and water lines entering the homes. At least six homes caught fire.
A spokesman for the Elizabethtown Gas Co. said the defective valve was discovered at the intersection of York and Franklin Streets where the homes were located.
The first explosion occurred shortly after 6 a.m. About two hours later the second blast erupted and destroyed the home where the neighbors had gathered.
About 200 firemen, rescue workers and police converged on the scene and battled raging fires for three hours before they were brought under control.
Lambertville, the only city in highly rural Hunterdon County, has a population of about 4,000 and is located across the Delaware River from New Hope, Pa.
The Cumberland News Maryland 1971-02-04
Listing of casualties and injuries.
BLANCHE CASE, 36, 67 Hancock St.
Her daughter, VANESSA, 12.
MRS. BESSIE RANDOLPH, 75 York St.
Her granddaughter, LISA RANDOLPH, 12.
MRS. NANCY CROSBY, 40, 71 York St.
BRIAN HOAGLAND, 12, 83 York St.
MRS. EVELYN TRENT, Grant Street.
MRS. FLORENCE WALDREN, 74 York St.
Injured and admitted to the Hunterdon County Medical Center, Flemington, N. J. were:
JOHN CROSBY, 67, 73 York St., treated for smoke inhalation and leg bruises.
KAREN WALDRON, 25, 74 N. Franklin St., treated for multiple first degree burns on her face and back.
ROWENA CASE, 14, 67 Hancock St., in serious condition with body burns.
Treated and released from the hospital were:
PARNELL JONES, 28, 72 Franklin St.
ROWLAND RANDOLPH, 41, 75 York St.
Other injured persons were treated in the offices of nearby doctors.