Leadership

Butane Gas Blamed for Fatal Santa Barbara Blast and Fire

Issue 3 and Volume 99.

Butane Gas Blamed for Fatal Santa Barbara Blast and Fire Coroner’s Jury Finds “Criminal Means” Was Responsible for Disaster In the January issue of FIRE ENGINEERING (Page 29) was told the story of a mysterious blast which destroyed a downtown warehouse and apartment in Santa Barbara, Cal., on December 26. last killing five persons and injuring five others. Two theories were advanced for the cause of the explosion: one, that it was due to ignited natural gas and, two. that butane gas, used to power a motor truck stored in the building, was responsible. Since that account was written. Chief C. L. Tenney of Santa Barbara has submitted his official report on the disaster to the City’s Board of Police and Fire Commission in which he covered his own and the fire department’s findings (including a special report of investigations made by Deputy Fire Chief Al. Brotherton). In view of…

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