Pittsburgh, PA Boiler Explosion, Jan 1890

BURNED BY MOLTEN METAL.

TERRIFIC AND FATAL BOILER EXPLOSION IN A PITTSBURG FURNACE.

An explosion occurred at Lucy Furnace No. 1, of Carnegie, Phipps & Co., Pittsburg. One man was killed and nine others seriously injured. Simultaneously with the report of the explosion, the bell and stopper were lifted from their positions at the tope of the furnace, the heavy iron rim was broken and a shower of molten ore and bricks shot up into the air high above the furnace like a miniature volcano.
The men at the base of the furnace, when they heard the explosion ran in terror for their lives, but nearly all of them were caught and more or less injured, while MICHAEL WELSCH lost his life. He fell into the alley into which the cinder runs and was fatally burned. When found he was still alive, but died on the way to the West Penn Hospital.
Nine of the men were either struck by falling debris or burned by the molten metal thrown out at the top of the furnace. The injured are:
THOMAS WELSH, brother of MICHAEL, struck on the side and injured internally.
THOMAS SUMMERLEE.
JOHN McGINNIS.
HARRY SKILFORD.
JOHN QUIGLEY.
MICHAEL LORING.
MARTIN SUMMERLEE.
HENRY SKILLKAN.
JAMES DUFFY.
None are fatally. The molten metal which fell on all sides, set fire to the wood work about the furnaces, but the flames were extinguished with slight loss.

Suffolk County News Sayville New York 1890-01-18

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