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FATAL COLLIERY EXPLOSION.

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A FATAL BOILER EXPLOSION.

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A FATAL BOILER EXPLOSION. On Saturday a disastrous boiler explosion occurred at Messrs. F. W. and W. A. Barrows's blue brick works, Great Bridge, near Dudley, resulting in the death ef three persons and injuries to four others. The workpeople were going about their work as usual at a quarter to seven o'clock, when they were startled by the sudden explosion of a large boiler which helped to work the 50-horse power grinding engine. The boiler, which lay horizontally alongside the engine-house, was forced out of its seating, the great bulk of it going through the drying sheds and alighting fifty yards away, while one end was blown clean out and was carried nearly eighty yards in the opposite direction. The por- tion which came through the works caused great havoc to both life and property. A young man named John Perry was wheeling a barrow through the sheds, when he was. uddenly covered with the falling débria of the drying sheds. On being extricated he was dead, his head having been shattered and his body frightfully mangled. His sister, Lavina Perry, about 19, yeais of age, was coming out of the office at the entrance of the works at the time the bulk of the boiler descended. She was struck by it. and also by bricks, and killed instantaneously. # Her mangled body presented a ghastly sight, being picked up almost headless and armless, and the trunk terribly muti- lated. S'-une workmen who ran to the scene hurriedly threw a horse-cloth over the remains of the girl Perry, and then went to search among the rnins for other victims. A young man named John Coley, 23, the fireman, was discovered badly cut about the head, and two others, named Randall and Yarnall, were scalded by hot water from the exploded boiler. Several medical gentlemen were soon in attendance, and the injured, after they had been car«d for, were removed to their homes, with the exception of Ooley, whose injuries were so serious that he was taken to West Bromwich District Horpital, and it was feared he could not recover. The bodies of Perry and his sister were removed to the Wednesbury Mortuary. In addition to the employis who were killed and in- jured, Mr. Isaac Clifton, charter-master at a neigh- bouring colliery, was killed by a brick hurled by the force of the explosion. He was standing on the pit bank, 150 yards away, giving instructions to his men, when, seeing some bricks flying in the air, he ran down the pit bank, towards the hovel for safety, but before reaching the door a projectile caught him on the side of the bead. His skull was seriously frac- tured, and he died in a few minutes without uttering a word. His body was conveyed in his own trap-in which he bad only just driven up to the colliery-to his late home, the "Cottage Spring" Inn, Dudley Port, the distress of the family being very great on learning of the sad occurrence. Bricks were also thrown through the roofs ef different buildings in the locality, but happily no one else was injured. In Messrs. Barrow's works the drying-sheds and other erections have been reduced to ruins. The boiler was a tubular one, about 22ft. long, and 5ft .in diameter, and was not four years old. Messrs. Barrows have not had it above two years, previous to which it had only been slightly used. The engineer, William Jepson, was at his post at the time, and when the boiler exploded he was slackening the speed of his engine to enable the workman to clear away some stones which were clogging the grinding rolls. He escaped with injuries. The boiler was not insured, though it was regularly examined. The works were established in 1866, and this sad occurrence is the first of the kind that has happened at them. Mr. Clifton has left a widow and six children, all grown up, while the young man Perry has left a widow and a child of 21 years unprovided for. Coley was the support of his invalid father and aged mother. The damage to the buildings is estimated at nearly jSl,000 and is not covered by insurance. The scene h IS been visited by large crowds of people, and great sympathy is expressed with the relatives of the killed and maimed, and also with the proprietors of the works.

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