Peoria, IL Gas Explosion, Jan 1957
THREE DEAD; ONE MISSING IN BLAST.
Peoria, Ill. (AP) -- Three persons, and possible a fourth, perished in two rapid-fire explosions in a city gas line that leveled a house and two-story building last night.
Five other persons were injured.
Killed by the blasts and subsequent fire were PERRY TRAUB, 40, operator of a grocery store; JOHN J. HEITZMAN, 62, owner of the dwelling and the commercial building; and ROBERT EINFELDT, JR., 11, whose body was uncovered in the rubble today. The boy was HEINTZMAN'S grandson.
The child's father, ROBERT J. EINFELDT, about 45, son-in-law of HEINTZMAN, was missing and a search continued for his body.
EINFELDT'S other son KENNETH, 8, and HEITZMAN'S wife OPAL, 60, escaped from the house after the blasts. MRS. HEINTZMAN suffered severe burns and cuts and her condition was desceibed as "serious." The boy was only slightly injured.
Chester Times Pennsylvania 1957-01-17