Allentown, PA Gasoline Tank Explosion, Jul 1909


Gasoline Tank Blows Up and Fire Threatens Allentown

Special to The Inquirer.

ALLENTOWN, Pa., July 24.---Five persons were injured, two of them seriously, this evening in an explosion of a gasoline tank at the garage of the Berwin Automobile Company, in this city. A fire, which for a time threatened the garage and several factories and handsome residences in the vicinity, followed the explosion, and before it was extinguished damage estimated at $7000 was done.

Those injured were William Hertzog, member of the Allentown Shoe Manufacturing Company, his wife and their son, and Walter F. Wint and William Simmons, employes[sic] of the garage.

Several passersby were slightly injured by the falling of the plate glass front of the office connected with the garage, which was blown to atoms.

The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 25 Jul 1909