Ardmore, OK Refinery Explosion, Feb 1952


Ardmore, Okla. - (AP) - Two men were killed and another was critically injured in an explosion and fire which blackened the heart of the Ben Franklin Company Refinery northeast of here today.
The dead were identified as JAMES R. SONS, 20, and FOTINT DUSION, 48, both refinery employees. In critical condition is J. A. BRADSHAW,
38. All three are from Ardmore.
Officials said the fire apparently started in the chemical area of the plant and became intense enough to cause the explosion. Workers said SONS rushed into the chemical area and was hurled through a wall by the explosion. BRADSHAW was blown 35 feet, witnesses said.
Homes over a three-mile area were shaken by the blast, which occurred at 8:10 a.m. Company and Ardmore firemen battled two hours before bringing the fire under control.
The refinery, located a mile northeast of Ardmore, is owned by the Bell Oil and Gas Company, Tulsa. It has a capacity of 7,500 barrels of crude oil a day and a gasoline cracking plant capacity of 4,500 barrels.

Northwest Arkansas Times Fayetteville 1952-02-21