Everett, MA Beacon Oil Explosion, Feb 1928
STATE FIRE MARSHAL TO INVESTIGATE EXPLOSION.
NEAL WILL MAKE SWEEPING PROBE OF BLAST AND FIRE IN PLANT OF BEACON OIL CO. IN EVERETT -- AT LEAST TWELVE PERSONS DEAD.
Boston, Feb. 11 (AP) -- A sweeping investigation into the cause of the explosion and fire in the plant of the Beacon Oil Co., in Everett yesterday in which at least 12 persons lost their lives will be made by officials of the state fire marshal's office, Marshal George C. Neal, announced today. As soon as witnesses can be summoned an inquest will be held, he said.
The state fire marshal expressed the opinion that the disaster would not have occurred had proper care been taken in handling the explosive materials used in the business and he said all officials and employes who might have any information bearing on the explosion would be summoned to appear at the inquest.
"It does not seem to me," he said, "that such a thing should have happened if care was taken in the handling of the business. There is an unusual amount of oil stored there. While as yet we do not know the cause of the explosion I believe from the experience I have had in such matters that the fire could have been prevented."
Edward F. Horrigan, state fire inspector, who was sent to the scene immediately after the explosion occurred yesterday afternoon, was still there this forenoon but was expected to make his report during the day.
Boston, Feb. 11. -- (AP) -- Approximately $100,000 in compensation insurance, the largest amount ever paid out in Massachusetts as a result of a single disaster, will be paid to injured persons and dependents of those killed in the explosion and fire at the Beacon Oil Co. plant in Everett yesterday under provisions of the state workmen's compensation law. The payments, state officials and insurance men said today, would be made early next week.
Under the law widows with dependent children receive $6400 and those without children $4000, while injured employes receive as much as $6500 in the case of those totally disabled.
SEVERAL STILL UNACCOUNTED FOR.
Everett, Feb. 11, (AP) -- Ten men were known to be dead, at least half a dozen more were missing and as many again were in critical conditioni in various hospitals today as the result of the partial destruction late yesterday of the distillation plant of the Beacon Oil Co. here.
Eight of the dead had been identified and were:
PETER DAVIS, Somerville.
GEORGE DOHERTY, Everett.
MICHAEL BURGESS, Charlestown.
JOSEPH P. LANDRIGAN, Everett.
JOHN COLLINS, Cambridge.
MICHAEL GILLIGAN, Malden.
DONALD MacINTOSH, Everett.
PETER RAUSO, Everett.
All of the dead, missing and seriously injured were employes of the oil company. Two of the bodies remained unidentified and officials who said that they were charred beyond the possibility of recognition, expressed the belief that they might be those of men now listed as missing.
Those known to be missing today were:
DENNIS MURPHY, Everett.
HARRY HOOPER, Everett.
MATTHEW AYLWARD, South Boston.
JAMES DOLAN, Everett.
COLEMAN FLAHERTY, WInchester.
MERRILL (or MERRITT) FINCH, address undetermined.
In addition at least four other persons were tentatively listed as missing.
Throughout the night, firemen, policemen and other workers tirelessly searched the smoking ruins for additional bodies while sobbing groups of relatives besieged main gates of the big plant in quest of information or clustered about the undertaking rooms where the dead were being identified.
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