Chief Baldrick Dies of Blast Injuries Thomas W. Baldrick, Chief of the Gardena, Cal., Fire Department, died in a hospital as the result of injuries and burns received while fighting a fire which destroyed a distributing plant of the Standard Oil Company. He had entered the plant to help free a freight car which had been thrown against an oil tank in switching. While trying to stop the flow of gasoline from the tank, an explosion occurred and he was thrown a distance of twenty-five feet. Chief Baldrick was a member of the department since 1930. He was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., and had lived in Southern California for thirteen years. He is survived by his widow, a son, a daughter and his mother as well as a brother and sisters.