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Mill explosion Craighead Co. Ar.

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Mill explosion Craighead Co. Ar.

Posted: 20 Jun 2011 9:35PM GMT
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I will relate what I can remember of a story my dad told me as a child. He told of a mill located somewhere along the St. Francis River in Craighead Co. exploding and killing the fireman, I don't believe he was a witness, of course he lived in the nearby community of Black Oak or Caraway and it was big news of the time. He said the fire man did not keep a close eye on the water level in the boiler and let it get low and of course then the temp. and pressure rose to dangerous levels and he panicked and instead of pulling the fire he turned in cold water to the boiler and caused the explosion it killed him instantly and according to my father it blew his body apart and left body parts hanging in the timber around the mill. I don't recall the name of the mill or the owner or who the fellow was that got killed.

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