Wellsville Plant Damaged by Explosion
December 23, 1943

The Wellsville Municipal Water and Light Plan was seriously damaged by an explosion which occurred early Saturday morning. The blast is believed to have been caused by natural gas which seeped into the building through a broken line in the front lawn, and caused a powerful explosion when it was ignited.

Damage to the plant building is estimated at several thousand dollars. Two men, Lee Smith, who was in charge of the turbine room, and John L. Fagan, plan guard, escaped serious injury but are patients in the Jones Memorial Hospital suffering from first degree burns about the face, head, and hands.

Transcribed by Joanne LaForge, volunteer