Tiverton, RI Oil Tank Explosion, Nov 1933

THREE KILLED AS HUGE PETROLEUM TANK EXPLODES.

MANY INJURED FOLLOWING COLLAPSE OF STEEL FRAME, FLAMES SPREAD RAPIDLY.

Tiverton, R.I., Nov. 1 -- (AP) -- Three men were killed and a dozen more were injured today when an oil tank being tested at the plant of the New England Terminal Company in North Tiverton collapsed. The collapse was shortly followed by an explosion and fire, which enveloped four or five big tanks nearby, containing oil.
Several workmen were reported missing immediately after the collapse of the tank and the outbreak of the fire, but since a number of men were rushed to hospitals in Fall River, it was believed they might be found there.
The known dead included a full blooded Cherokee
Indian, known as "Chief GAYLOR HENSHAW," whose home was somewhere in Oklahoma;; LESTER HORNBACK, address not ascertained, and HENRY ST. PIERRE, 23, of Tiverton.
The tank being tested had been filled with water, several workmen were on top looking it over to see if it was in good condition, while several others were inspecting it from the ground before filling it with oil.
Without warning the big tank collapsed. The explosion followed shortly and the resulting fire spread to the big oil tanks nearby.
Although firemen were promptly on the scene nothing they could do prevented the rapid spread of the flames.

Jefferson City Post-Tribune Missouri 1933-11-01