Center, TX Gas Explosion, Dec 1935
Mother and Infant Die, 5 Others Hurt In Etex Explosion
CENTER. Shelby Co., Texas. Dec. 28 (AP).----A gasoline explosion fatally burned MRS. DEWEY BATES, 34, and her infant daughter and injured critically five others Sunday near Joaquin, eighteen miles east of here.
Betty Jo Plunkett, 5, and Mrs. Levon Guy, 26, were not expected to live. Dewey Bates and Levon Guy were burned seriously endeavoring to rescue their wives.
Dick Plunkett, father of the critically burned child, also tried to save his daughter and suffered burns about the hands and arms.
Investigators said Mrs. Bates accidentally poured gasoline from a can into a slowly burning fire of wet wood. She thought the cancontained kerosene, they said. The accident occurred during a holiday party at the home of T. G. Roberts.
The Bates child, 17 months old, died in the fire which followed the explosion. Mrs. Bates died seven hours after the accident in the hospital here.
Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 29 Dec 1935