Two Killed by Gasoline Blast
Two workmen were fatally burned on the evening of July 14, when a huge steel barge, holding 390,000 gallons of gasoline burst into flames at the loading dock of the Gulf Refining Company’s large refinery on the Ohio River at Neville Island, just a short distance below Pittsburgh. Both men were taken to St. John’s Hospital in the Woods Run section of Pittsburgh, where they died shortly after the fire.
Static generated by the gasoline as the fluid was being loaded into the barge, started the fire, according to company officials. There was a muffled explosion and then everything caught fire. Plant chemical apparatus were used in fighting the spectacular blaze that sent flames and heavy clouds of dense black smoke into the heavens.
Tied with a line the barge was permitted to float to the middle of the river, near the Emsworth Dam so that no serious damage would result in case another explosion took place.