Tugs Fired by Flaming Oil

Issue 24 and Volume 83.

Tugs Fired by Flaming Oil Two tugs and a tanker tied up at the Barge Canal terminal at Troy, N. Y., were set afire when floating oil and gasoline on the surface of the Hudson River in Troy harbor ignited. The fire caused an explosion on the tanker which shook Troy and Watervliet. A ladderman of the Troy Fire Department was removed to a local hospital after being blown into the water. Members of the crews of the three vessels, who were blown overboard, or who jumped into the water to escape the flames, suffered only minor injuries. It is said that a tanker which had tied up at a point fifty feet north of the damaged vessels had discharged water ballast containing oil, contrary to marine regulations, and had then moved on down the river. Much damage was done to buildings and windows in Watervliet. The shock was felt…

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