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New York, NY Gas Explosion, Sept 1889


Front of a New York Mansion Blown Into the Direct---One Man Killed.

New York, Setp[sic]. 28.---A terrible gas explosion followed by a succession of minor explosions wrecked the three-story brown stone dwelling of F. W. Frischen, a wealthy tobacconist, at 121 East Fifty-Sixth Street, today. The entire from of the house was blown down and a portion of the rear wall demolished.

Charles Schalk, a decorator, is supposed to have been killed and his body buried beneath a mass of bricks and broken timbers. The force of the explosion was so great that several houses in the vicinity were badly damaged.

Mr. Frischen and his family are on the ocean on their way home from Europe and their house was in the hands of decorators and painters.

The New Haven Evening Register, New Haven, CT 28 Sept 1889

article | by Dr. Radut