EXPLOSION KILLS ONE AND INJURES TWO AT ICE PLANT
Ammonia Tank Blows Up At Bayou La Batre, Killing Robert Cox and Wrecking Plant
Death injury and heavy property damage resulted form a violent explosion at the ice pant of the Alabama Canning Company at Bayou la Batre Thursday night. Robert Cox, 40 years old, frieman at the plant was almost instantly killed and two other persons, Willie and Aime Castello, father and son, recieved serious injuries. The disaster occurred when an ammonia generator exploded, wrecking the one-story structure. The loud noise which accompanied the explosion attracted the attention of people throughout the community, many of whom hurried to the scene.
Cox was discovered in a dying condition outside the boiler room a few minutes after the generator exploded. The younger Castello was huried to the roof of the building from which he was rescued by persons who rushed to the plant. Willie Castello, the father, is an engineer at the plant according to information received in Mobile. His son is tankman at the ice plant.
Shortly after the accident a Mobile physicain was summoned to treat the injured. The small casualty list was apprently attributable to the fact that only a few employees were on duty whe the explosion occurred.
Reports reaching Mobile were to the effect that a part of the building collapsed after the explosion. The cause of the accident had not been determined at a late hour.
Mr. Cox, according to reports, formerly lived at Prichard, near Mobile. He had been employed in Bayou La Batre for perhaps a year, however, He is survived by a widow and four children, two boys and two girls.
The exact extent of the injuries of Mr. Castello and his son was not learned here, although both were said to have been badly hurt, the son probalby the more seriously. The elder Castello is 60 years old and the son 21.
Within a few minutes after the detonation which resulted from the accident, a large number of residents of Bayou La Batre had gathered at the plant and the number continud to increase rapidly until the crowd swell to a high figure. Considerable excitment was created in the community as the news of the disaster spread from house to house and the residents hurriedly wended their way to the plant located a short distance from the mainpart of the town.
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