Evadale, TX Paper Mill Explosion, Sep 1959
PAPER MILL BLASTS KILL 5.
Evadale, Tex. (AP) -- The toll of two explosions at a paper mill here Monday rose to five dead today. Nine others suffered injuries.
The explosions tore through a boiler unit of the East Texas Pulp and Paper Mill.
Of the nine injured, seven were in serious conditions.
I. D. RASH, 23, of Silsbee, died at 9 a.m. today in Beaumont's Baptist Hospital.
The other victims were:
BILLY SIMMONS, 19, of Buna.
J. L. WILKERSON, 43, of Evadale.
A. C. ALLEN, 33, of Silsbee.
RAYMOND McNABB, 21, of Silsbee.
The 27 1/2-million-dollar plant is owned by Time, Inc., and is 20 miles north of Beaumont in deep Southeast Texas. Besides producing paper for the Henry Luce publications, the plant also produced milk cartons.
State police said the first explosion occurred when workers fired a boiler to refine chemicals used in paper making. The second blast, police said, followed when hot water from the bursted boiler mixed with an acid used in the papermaking.
Damage to the 7-story building which housed the boiler unit was not estimated immediately. The plant employs about 450 men.
Big Spring Daily Herald Texas 1959-09-15