Chemical Plant Swept by Blast

Issue 5 and Volume 95.

Chemical Plant Swept by Blast Fire resulting from two explosions swept a Neville Island. Pa., chemical plant on the night of March 23rd. 1942. seriously injuring one employe and threatened to destroy six loaded tank cars of benzol, before the fire was brought under control. The blasts ripped out most of the west wall of the two story brick building housing the chemical laboratory of the Neville Dauler Company’s Benzol Division plant. The flames fed by coal tar products stored on the first floor, could be seen for miles up and down the Ohio River valley. Firemen concentrated several streams of water on the east end of the building to prevent the flames from spreading to six tank cars on a railroad siding, each of which was loaded with 9,000 gallons of benzol. The Neville Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to the alarm with thirty firemen, a 500-gallon Ahrens Fox…

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