Three Children Killed in Powder Blast

Issue 11 and Volume 97.

Three Children Killed in Powder Blast Three children were fatally burned and three other persons were hospitalized following the explosion of a 25pound can of blasting powder at the home of Robert Ritchie in Fair Haven. Vt., on October 22. A three-story brick tenement building and a two-family house were destroyed by flames. The dead are Constance Ritchie 3, and her two brothers, Robert 2, and Gordon 1. The injured were Mrs. Robert Ritchie, mother of the children whose husband is in the United States Army; Elizabeth Amery 10, and Francis Ritchie, uncle of the dead children. The blaze, most spectacular since the Liberty Street business section fire in 1918, also destroyed the Schultz Garage and threatened the Farm Service grist mill and feed store owned by the General Mills Company. Sheriff Geno N. Franzoni of Rutland, who was called to Fair Haven to make an investigation of the tragedy,…

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