Fort Worth, TX Gas Stove Explosion, Nov 1935

SIX ARE DEAD AT FORT WORTH; GAS STOVE EXPLOSION BLAMED FOR BURNING OF APARTMENT HOUSE IN FORT WORTH; 11 OTHERS ARE INJURED.

Forth Worth, Nov. 28 -- Six persons, and possibly a seventh, were burned to death and 11 injured, some critically, when a gas stove explosion converted a rambling two-story apartment house into a death trap at dawn today.
Five bodies were recovered by firemen from the charred Hollingsworth apartment house but a four-week old child was still missing.
The dead:
DEWITT C. TURBEVILLE, Forth Worth, 81.
MRS. DEWITT TURBEVILLE, about 76.
MRS. LOLA KIRBY, 24, whose husband works for an Arizona steel company.
HOWARD KIRBY, two years old.
MISS OZELLE HOLINGSWORTH, 18, living with the KIRBYS.
MRS. BELLE STEPHENS, 73, who died of burns several hours after the fire.
Critically hurt were MRS. JESSE BOWDEN, 60, fractured spine and burns; MISS RUTH BELLE, 29, fractured spine and burns; MRS. MINNIE ROBINSON, 49, fractured skull.
Others injured were MR. and MRS. M. P. WILLIS, burns; J. A. BREWSTER, 40, broken toe; MRS. BREWSTER, 31, fractured ankle and burns; TOM BREWSTER, seven, and ARTHUR, 12, slight injuries; MRS. RETTA TURPIN, 23, broken ankle; MISS ESSIE MARTIN, 21, sprained ankle.
Most of the injured were hurt when they leaped for their lives from second-floor windows and balconies.
MRS. CASHIION, who lived with her sister, MRS. STEPHENS, sobbed the story of the tragedy.
"BELLE always tended the stove. I got up and went into the kitchen and BELLE got up to light the fire in the bedroom. Then I heard an explosion and saw a flash. I managed to get out the back door, somehow."
MRS. STEPHENS, her clothing afire, was blown into the hall. C. B. SLATER, who roomed across the hall, beat out her blazing dress and carried her to safety.
MRS. BOWDEN, trapped upstairs, leaped from her window and made her way to a backyard fence. She grabbed a fence railing with vice-like grip and rescuers were forced to tear down the fence to move the terrified woman to safety.
Fire Marshal Ligon said an investigation showed leaky connections on a gas stove hose in MRS. STEPHENS' room.
Huddled at the end of the upstairs "blind" hallway were the bodies of MRS. KIRBY, MISS HOLLINGSWORTH and the KIRBY child. A few paces away the bodies of the TURBEVILLES were found in their room.

Morning Avalanche Lubbock Texas 1935-11-29