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Patros, TN Explosion, Jun 1896

Fatal Explosion at a Convict Camp.

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., June 27. - A terrific explosion of blasting powder occurred at Patros, Tenn., railway station for state convict mines at Brushy mountain. It demolished the general store and hotel kept by Sam Joyner. Several kegs of powder which were stored in the building were evidently ignited by Willie Joyner, the little son of the Proprietor, who was burned to death. A stranger named MALDEN was killed and a number of persons in the building seriously injured. Mrs. Eliza Shuber, manager of the hotel, was perhaps fatally hurt.

The News, Frederick, MD 27 Jun 1896



article | by Dr. Radut