Gas Blast Wrecks School An explosion, believed to have been caused by natural gas leaking into the basement, caused the collapse of a temporary school building in Barberton, Ohio, and injury to forty-six persons including many children. Firemen and all available ambulances were rushed from Akron, about four miles distant. The natural gas is used for heating the building in the winter. The meter had been shut off about two months ago. One of those injured was the janitor who was burning paper in the furnace at the time of the explosion. Firemen quickly extinguished the fire that started after the blast. Two hundred children, mostly between the ages of six and eleven, were housed in this school building.