Washington, RI Boiler Explosion, Apr 1893


Three Men Were Killed Through the Carelessness of an Employe.{sic}

PROVIDENCE, R. I., April 18.--Early this morning three men were killed and one probably fatally injured by a boiler explosion at a small twine mill run by Benjamin Moon at Washington, a village about fourteen miles from Providence. The explosion occurred at 6:25 A. M., just before the time for starting the machinery, and but few of the employes{sic} were in the mill at the time.


AMOS HARRINGTON, aged sixty-one, overseer of the carding room.
SAMUEL PERRY, aged thirty-eight, employe{sic} in the carding room.
IRVING CLARK, aged thirty-five, employe{sic} in the carding room.
Alonzo Tyler, the engineer, who was attempting to start the engine when the explosion occurred, was badly injured. The explosion wrecked the boiler and engine room, and one corner of the mill, a wooden structure, was blown out.

The cause of the explosion was the carelessness of the fireman in pumping cold water into an empty boiler while his fire was brisk. The boiler had been known to be in a leaky condition for some time. The loss will reach about $8,000. No insurance. The boiler had never been subjected to expert inspection since it had been placed in the mill. All the victims of the accident were married.

The New York Times, New York, NY 19 Apr 1893