Newport, KY Rolling Mill Boiler Explosion, Jan 1887


CINCINNATI, Ohio, Jan. 19.--About 2 o'clock this morning a boiler in Swift's iron and rolling mill, on the bank of the Licking River, in Newport, Ky., exploded with terrific force. The Fire Department rushed to the place and found the newly erected portion of the mill in ruins. Supposing that some of the workmen were buried in the débris, the firemen began a search for the remains. The engineer shortly appeared and said that himself and two laborers were the only occupants of the building at the time and that they had escaped without injury. He said he had just inspected the fires and boiler before the explosion took place. The loss is estimated at $25,000. A similar accident happened about a year ago, causing nearly as great a loss.

The New York Times, New York, NY 20 Jan 1887