Cleveland, OH Boiler Explosion, Dec 1886


CLEVELAND, Ohio, Dec. 21.--A boiler explosion this afternoon killed Frank Girrard, a laborer, whose mangled body was hurled about 70 feet. James Kintz, the engineer, and Patrick Hanlon, a railway brakeman, who happened to be near, were badly injured. The boiler was a dilapidated affair, which had been rented by some contractors to use in sawing timber for the new central viaduct, and it burst under a pressure of 80 pounds before. Girrard was an Italian, who had a wife, and four children in Italy. He had gone to work on this job only two hours before the accident occurred.

The New York Times, New York, NY 22 Dec 1886