Explosion on Yellow Creek in 1911


Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 12/26/1911.

Gas Explosion on Yellow Creek

Quite a little excitement was occasioned here Friday morning by a report from Big Springs that the gasolene plant of the Guaranty Oil Co. at that place had blown up.  However upon investigation it was learned that no great amount of damage had been done.  On account of the dampness of the air gas settled around the building and an explosion which set fire to the woodworks was the result.  For a while it did look like there would be serious trouble, as there were several tanks of gasolene near the fire and if they had become sufficiently heated it would have destroyed the whole plant and several residences standing near.  But as soon as the men got over their first fright, it was no trouble to quench the flames.  No one was injured, and it will only be a few days until the plant is in operation.