Brooklyn, NY Navy Yard Explosion, Aug 1953

TWO KILLED, NINE INJURED IN BLAST AT NAVY YARD.

By Associated Press.
New York -- An explosion blew down the wall of an officer's home at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Sunday night killing two men and injuring nine others.
The blast victims included civilian Navy yard firemen and the duty officer who had been summoned to check a short circuit in the frame and mortar house. While looking around they were caught by the explosion.
Dead were two firemen:
FRANCIS CONKLIN, 50.
FRANK LICOTTA, 55.
Cmdr. George Greer had called them to investigate faulty wiring in his house. He and his wife and son, George, Jr., 19, were standing outside when one side of the building blew up. The Greers escaped seriously injury.
The explosion, believed caused by gas that leaked from a water heater, tumbled the wall of a first floor room.
A crane was used to lift the flattened wall off the men, who were rushed to Brooklyn Hospital. None of the injured was reported in critical or serious condition early today.

Mt. Vernon Register News Illinois 1953-08-17