Leadership

Two Killed by Alcohol Explosion

Issue 5 and Volume 87.

Two Killed by Alcohol Explosion An attempt to seal a partially filled five gallon can of alcohol with sealing wax, proved fatal for Joseph England, twenty-three years, a Columbia University Graduate employed by a Wall Street banking house. His 65-year-old grandmother with whom he lived, also died from burns. Mr. England resided in the fashionable Greenwich Village section of New York. He had emptied some of the alcohol and desired to preserve the balance of it. he told Chief Fire Marshal Brophy on his death bed in St. Vincent’s Hospital, by sealing an aperture in the top of the can. He struck a match and started to melt sealing wax over the rift in the can when the explosion occurred. His grandmother was seated nearby watching him. A colored mail in the kitchen escaped injury. The living room, where the explosion occurred, was badly burned. Firemen, under Deputy Chief John…

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