Explosion at De Funick.
De Funick, Fla., experienced a serious explosion and fire a short time ago in which much property was destroyed and a man almost lost his life. It seems that the acetylene gas generator used to furnish gas for the McCaskill block blew up, completely wrecking the brick gas house, breaking windows as far away as the court house, and seriously injuring Henry Bennett, colored, who was working on the generator at the time, and who is supposed to have been the cause of the explosion by striking a hatchet against some part of the machine causing a spark that fired leaking gas. The accompanying illustration shows how complete the destruction was. From tlie great noise of the explosion it was thought far greater damage was done, hut fortunately it was confined to tl;e building in which it occurred.
Herewith is presented a recent photograph of hire Marshal Charles F. Seyferlich, successor to the late Marshal Janies Horan, as head of the Chicago fire department. The photograph was taken expressly for FIRE AND WATER ENGINEERING and is perhaps the best that has been published since his promotion to the chieftaincy. Marshal Seyferlich has seen thirty-four years of fire service, his gradual advancement .being as follows:
Appointed truckman, June 22, 1877; appointed lieutenant, June 1, 1881; resigned December 15, 1882; reappointed April 1, 1882; appointed lieutenant, August 4, 1882; appointed captain, May 1, 1887; chief of battalion, May 16, 18U4; third assistant fire marshal, October 22, 1904; second assistant fire marshal, March 18. 1905; first assistant fire marshal, July 10, 1906; fire marshal and chief of brigade, December 27, 1910.