River Rouge, MI Gas Explosion Wrecks Homes, Feb 1936

4 DIE AS BLAST WRECKS HOMES.

LEAK IN SERVICE MAIN IS BLAMED FOR TERRIFIC EXPLOSION.

Detroit, Feb. 17 -- (AP) -- A terrific gas explosion that wrecked two homes, revealing the deaths of two men and two women, was attributed by investigators today to a leak in a service main dislodged by the contraction of the freezing ground.
The dead, their bodies pulled from the wreckage by firemen after the blast Sunday afternoon, were FRED CORNS, 32, and his wife, ETHA LONGNECKER CORNS, 32, formerly of Urbana, Ohio; WILLIAM BEECHING, 53, engineering works foreman, and his mother, MRS. EMMA BEECHING, 80.
Investigators expressed belief the BEECHINGS died of asphyxiation hours before the explosion blew out the walls of their residence, wrecked the interior of the CORN'S home and shattered windows for blocks about the neighborhood in suburban River Rouge.

The Ogden Standard - Examiner Utah 1936-02-17