Michigan City, IN Factory Fire, Aug 1897

FLAMES DO BAD WORK.

Michigan City, Ind., July 29. -- At 11 o'clock Wednesday morning three men went into the oil house of the Michigan Sash & Blind company's factory bearing a lighted lantern. A quantity of benzine was stored in the oil house. Gas generated by the benzine ignited from the lantern, and a terrific explosion occurred.
The list of casualties follows:
Killed -- JAMES BOWMAN.
Injured -- JOHN RAY, fireman, overcome by the heat, will recover.
LOUIS SCHWARTZ, burned on body, arms, face and head, critical condition.
HERMAN LUCKOW, burned about the body, will recover.
FRED PETERS, burned about the face and body, will recover.
The factory burned to the ground, entailing a loss of $50,000.

Iowa Postal Card Fayette 1897-08-06