Long Island, NY Grain Elevator Fire, Sept 1898


One Man Killed and Three Injured by a Sudden Explosion.

NEW YORK CITY (Special).--One man was killed and three injured Friday afternoon be an explosion of grain dust in the works of the Eastern Distilling Company, in the Blissville section of Long Island City. The explosion shattered one of the big buildings, and the man killed was buried under it. The man killed was PATRICK McCAFFERTY, sixty years of age. The injured are JAMES MORAN, thirty-five years old, a miller of Blissville; B. COBB, a weigher, of Blissville, and JOHN GRANBAR, a miller of Greenpoint.

The explosion was one of those common in grain elevators. The accumulated dust, more explosive than gunpowder, took fire from some unexplained cause. Three sides of the building were blown out ant the fourth so badly damaged that before the work of looking for the body could be taken up it had to be pulled down.

MORAN and GRANBAR were standing near the building, and were burned by the flash of flame and struck by debris. Their injuries are not fatal.
The loss is in the neighborhood of $20,000.

The Cranbury Press New Jersey 1898-09-30

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