Columbus, OH Natural Gas Explosion, Jan 1890

A FRIGHTFUL EXPLOSION.

SEVERAL KILLED AND INJURED AT COLUMBUS, A BUILDING BLOWN TO ATOMS.

Columbus, O., Jan. 24. - A few minutes after 5 o'clock an alarm of fire called the fire department out. The news spread that there had been a natural gas explosion. The cries of injured people within the house, which was on Main Street, could be plainly heard.
When the fire was almost under control and the alley was crowded with lookers on, a terrible explosion rent the air.
A sheet of flame burst from the building at the northwest corner of Noble and Wallace Streets. A great mass of bricks, beams and stone, which a few seconds before had constituted a two-story brick building, were flying with terrific force through the air, then there was the quiet of death.
The scene that followed was terrible. The people fled shrieking in all directions, while the alley was instantly covered with a mass of debris from which the moans of buried men came.
The following are the names of the killed and injured:
Killed - CHARLES BECHT, barber; ____
SEYMOUR, a colored boy; and MRS. P. MARROTT.
Wounded - DR. T. K. WISSINGER; WILLIAM BRADY; WM. NEIL; WM. JAMES; MRS. WM. JAMES; THEO. SCHONDING; Officer LYNSKY; CHAS. LIGHTER; WM. RILEY; BELL SMITH; ELMER GATES; MRS. CORN; ED KELLER; ELMER GEACH; CHAS. LOWRY; PETER MAROTT; THOS. DOYLE; ELORA BOWERS; EMMA BOWERS; AARON BEEN; BENJ. MORGAN; MARSHALL KILBOURNE.

The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer West Virginia 1890-01-25