Ashland, PA Boiler Explosion, Mar 1890

A FATAL BOILER EXPLOSION.

ONE MAN KILLED, ANOTHER INJURED AND A BUILDING PARTIALLY WRECKED.

Special to the Inquirer.
Ashland, March 31. - Last night a boiler explosion occurred at Logan Colliery and Centralia, which resulted disastrously.
DAVID HOWER, of Montana, who was employed as fireman, was severely scalded from head to foot, and died soon after. JOHN MONISKIE, a laborer, sustained serious injuries about the body.
HOWER was in the act of shoveling coal on the fires when the boilers exploded. When found by his brother he was in great agony. The shriveled skin was removed from his body before medical aid arrived. Logan Colliery is owned and operated by L. A. Riley & Co., a wealthy Philadelphia coal firm, and the loss sustained to their property will aggregate several thousand dollars. Two smoke stacks were blown over on the building and twelve boilers rendered useless.
The boiler which caused the explosion parted in the center and one half was blown about one hundred and twenty-five yards, striking the trestling over which the dinky runs to the dirt bank and knocking one of the piers from under it. The other end went over farther.

The Philadelphia Inquirer Pennsylvania 1890-04-01