Toppenish, WA Warehouse Explosion, Nov 1940

EXPLOSION IN YAKIMA WAREHOUSE KILLS AT LEAST 7 -- MANY BURIED.

Yakima, Wash., Nov. 28. -- (AP) -- A death dealing explosion followed by fire ripped a large warehouse asunder at Toppenish, Wash., today, killed at least seven persons and left an untold number of other buried beneath the ruins.
The blast was believed caused by gas which collected in the warehouse basement of by dynamite which was stored there.
The dead were tentatively identified as:
MR. and MRS. FRED C. CLINE, parents of three young children, operators of a merchandise store.
PATRICK R. OLDFIELD, 32.
VERNON RAMSDELL, 25.
BILL DUNCAN, 42.
CATHERINE JAHNKE, about 16.
CHARLES KNAPP, 72.
About 12 persons were injured, six were taken to hospitals in serious condition.
The blast reduced the two-story, 250-foot warehouse to rubbish. Destroyed in the warehouse were a merchandise store, a real estate office, barber shop, beauty shop, produce company office, and a cafe.
The explosion apparently occurred in the center of the building. The roof collapsed and the four concrete walls crumbled.

Independent Helena Montana 1940-11-29