Pittsburgh, PA Magel Home Gas Explosion, Feb 1904


Natural Gas and Lighted Candle Cause Terrible Tragedy.

Pittsburg, Feb. 1.—Henry Magel and Charles Magel are dead and Mrs. Catherine Magel, Annie Magel and Willie Magel seriously injured as the result of a gas explosion at the Magel home at West Liberty, a suburb of this city.

The elder Magel went to the cellar to get some wine. He carried a lighted candle. Owing to a leak in a gas pipe a large quantity had accumulated in the cellar and an explosion followed his entry.

Willie Magel, aged 13, was blown through the side of the house, escaping with a sprained arm. Otto, asleep on the third floor, was thrown through a window and alighted on the roof. He was uninjured. Charles, who slept with Otto, was killed. The building was blown from its foundations, rising fully five feet in the air. When it descended the structure was a mass of wreckage and in a few moments was enveloped in flames.

Altoona Mirror, Altoona, PA 1 Feb 1904

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