Clarksburg, WV Boiler Explosion, July 1930

BOILER EXPLOSION IS FATAL TO TWO.

FIVE OTHERS BADLY HURT IN CLARKSBURG PLANT OF STEEL FIRM.

Clarksburg, July 29, -- (AP) -- Two men were killed instantly, five others were injured severely and at least seven others hurt slightly by an explosion late this afternoon which demolished the boiler house at the tin plate plant of the Weirton Steel company near here.
Those killed were JOHN YOHO, 65, foreman, and HARVEY BARKER, 40, a water tender. YOHO'S body was recovered but BARKER'S was so near the center of the explosion that few traces could be found.
Investigating officials advanced the theory that the explosion possibly was caused by a tube made defective by bad water.
ELWOOD YOHO, 22, the most seriously hurt of the five taken to a hospital, remained in an unconscious condition.
Other injured taken to hospitals were JOSEPH SICK, 44, heater; W. T. SANDER, 29, boiler worker; EDWARD BOND, 23, fireman; and V. DUODINSKY, 36, boiler worker.
All of the dead and injured were Clarksburg residents.
Many of the 900 men employed in various units of the tin plate plant participated in rescue work under the direction of Allen Griffin, chief clerk. The less seriously injured were given emergency treatment at the plant.
The explosion wrecked the boiler house, destroyed four of the six boiler stacks, shook buildings in the vicinity of the plant and broke down telephone lines.
The sound of the explosion, however, was so muffled that it was scarcely heard in Clarksburg.

Charleston Gazette West Virginia 1930-07-30