Butler, PA oil company fire, Jun 1907


Lightning Ignites 25,000 Barrels and Flames are Spreading Toward Tanks Containing 100,000 Barrels - Thousands Watching the Spectacular Fire.

Butler, Pa., June 22. - Late to-night 25,000 barrels of oil which were ignited at noon to-day by a bolt of lightning at the Valvoline Oil Company at East Butler, are still burning fiercely. Fears are entertained that 25 other tanks containing 100,000 barrels will also be burned. The burning fluid covers the Connoquenessing creek and the Bonnybrook branch of the same stream. The water is carrying the fire toward this city, two miles away.

Much of the oil is being saved by the use of pumps, transfering it to tanks at a safe distance from he [sic] fire.

The loss already is over $50,000, and may rach several hundred housand [sic], should the flames communicate to the other tanks. Thousands of people there watching the spectacular fire.

Charlotte Daily Observer, Charlotte, NC 23 Jun 1907