Explosion Wrecks Stores in Newberry
A series of explosions in a hardware store in Newberry, S C., caused the death of three persons, excessive damage to adjoining buildings, and started a fire which was checked through the good work of Chief Henry B. Wells and the volunteer Fire Department.
The cause of the blasts which began at 6:15 p.m., November 16, is not known. The store burst into flame. It was impossible to enter the building to remove the bodies of the ones known to be seriously injured or killed. It was not until 10:30 p.m. that the flames began to subside, and it was midnight before the embers had cooled sufficiently to permit firemen to search for the bodies. The bodies were burned beyond recognition.
Newberry firemen were assisted by firemen from West End. Mayor Earhardt in commenting on the work of the firemen said, “The whole situation was admirably handled and no paid hire Department in any city could have excelled the splendid work done by Newberry’s volunteer firemen. Chief Wells and his men deserve the highest commendation.”