Chattanooga, TN Engineering Plant Explosion, Mar 1948


Chattanooga -- (AP) -- One man was killed and six others injured early this morning in an explosion at the Combustion Engineering Company plant here.
The dead man was listed as H. T. KIRBY, about 38, a resident of Chattanooga.
Assistant Chief C. W. Hayes of the fire department said cause of the explosion had not been determined, but that a large annealing oven had been completely demolished.
KIRBY was loading the oven at the time of the explosion at 2:30 a.m., and three Negroes who were injured were working next door in a sand-blasting room, the chief said.
Hospital and fire department records showed six persons were treated for burns and minor injuries.
They were listed as:
H. T. SMART, minor injuries.
C. R. DOWNS, 46, injured eyes, wrist and knee.
THURMAN RANSON, 19, Negro, burns.
ROBERT COLLINS, 27, Negro, burns and injured eyes.
LENA SMITH, 38, Negro, burns and particles in eyes.
ROBERT MONTIGUE, 63, Negro, injured wrist.
JAMES SULLIVAN, 46, fire department captain, was treated for an injured ankle.
"The oven was a complete loss," Hayes said. "It was heated by oil burners which were lighted by a gas jet. It was brick lined and approximately 40 feet long and 15 feet in diameter."
The company manufactures boilers and other types of heating equipment.

Kingsport Times Tennessee 1948-03-05