Dallas, TX Gasoline Explosion, Aug 1909

GASOLINE FLAMES CLAIM YOUNG MAN AS VICTIM

FRED OTT DIES AS RESULT OF EXPLOSION OF MACHINE.

Accident Occurs at 2:45 p. m. and the Young Man Lingers Until 11:30 p. m.

Fred Ott, aged 19 or 20 years, a son of Charles Ott, died at 11:30 o'clock last night from the effects of burns received in an explosion of a gasoline soldering machine.

The explosion occurred at the shop of Charles Ott, 233 Slm [sic] Street, about 2:45 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Young Ott was standing near the machine at the time it exploded. The flaming gas fell on him, setting fire to his clothing. He ran out of the shop, and before the fire could be extinguished he was seriously burned. He was taken to St. Paul's Sanitarium, where he died at 11:30 o'clock last night, after several physicians had been called to attend him/

The damage to the stock in the store was estimated at $500.

On the way to the fire, No. 2 steamer from 612 Commerce street was struck by an in-coming car on the Sherman - Dallas Interurban line, and divested of one of its hind wheels and could proceed no farther. The engine will be out of commission until a new wheel can be ordered. The passengers on the Interurban, it was said, scarecly felt the jolt of the collision, the car being none the worse for the bump.

The fire was speedily extinguished. The damage to the stock was chiefly from the flood of water, which it was necessary to pour into the building.

The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 22 Aug, 1909