West Liberty, KY Saw Mill Explosion, Jan 1934


West Liberty, Ky., Jan. 3 (AP) -- Morgan County authorities today await definite word from the scene of a grist and saw mill explosion yesterday in which five men were reported killed and 12 injured, four critically.
Reports telephoned here by messengers seeking the services of a physician were that ORA HOLBROOK, 40; JIM IZOM, 35; CY HOLBROOK; ORVILLE ATKINS, 12, and an unidentified man were killed when the mill's boiler exploded, presumably because outlet pipes were frozen.
OLLIE COX, owner of the mill, was one of the most serioiusly injured. Men sent to summon aid were forced to travel seven miles on horseback to the nearest telephone. The explosion occurred on the Middle Fork of Elk Fork Creek, 20 miles south of here in the mountains.
Dr. L. D. Webb left for the scene to administer aid to the injured, but did not return last night.
Reports from the messengers were that the entire mill building was wrecked, and that jagged pieces of boiler metal were hurled into the crowd of farmers gathered around the boiler to keep warm while their corn was being ground into meal.

Charleston Daily Mail West Virginia 1934-01-03