Weston, WV House Gas Explosion, Dec 1905


Gas Escaping Near House Ignites and Explosion Ensues.

In a gas explosion at their home near Weston, WE. Va., CHARLES F. DOUGLASS, his wife and their two children were instantly killed and their bodies were roasted beyond recognition.

The Douglass family lived on a farm, and near their home ran a large main, containing a heavy pressure of gas. A valve was blown out of the pipe and a tremendous volume of gas poured out, enveloping the house. It ignited from a gas jet on the opposite side of the house from the pipe-line, and an explosion resulted.

The house was blown to splinters and the ruins, under which were buried the four victims, were consumed by the flames.

The Indiana Democrat, Indiana, PA 6 Dec 1905