1937 - SECOND MAN DIES IN REFINERY BLAST. R. HOUSEWEART, 22, SUCCUMBS TO HIS BURNS. BODIES OF BOTH MEN ARE SENT TO KINDERHOOK, ILL., FOR BURIAL; GARD COLEMAN, 25, OTHER VICTIM OF SOUTH GREELEY EXPLOSION.
RAY (DOC) HOUSEWEART, 22, of Eaton and Kinderhook, Ill., died at 1:09 a.m. Saturday, slightly more than 24 hours after he had been burned in the explosion and fire which wrecked the Harry Osborn Oil Refinery on South Eighth Avenue, Greeley early Friday.
HOUSEWEART was the second victim of the flames. GARD COLEMAN, still-tender, had lived slightly more than five hours.
Though some hope was held for HOUSEWEART'S recovery when he was first brought to the Greeley Hospital, this hope faded rapidly during the day Friday and with the coming of darkness death began to close in.
Both bodies were taken to the Sattley Funeral Home and were scheduled to be shipped to Kinderhook, Ill., Saturday evening where relatives will take charge.
HOUSEWEART hs two uncles in Kinderhook, as well as an aunt and a mother living somewhere in Illinois.
Investigating into the explosion continued here Saturday.
Deputy District Attorney William R. Baab announced that from the information he had received he could see no evidence of criminal negligence and no action by the district attorney's office is contemplated.
It was further learned that Mountain States Inspection bureau on March 9 issued an insurance rating on the various parts of the plant. This rating included provisions for co-insurance policy which means that the base rate is reduced if the plant is insured to 80 or 90 percent of its value.
Greeley Daily Tribune
March 27, 1937
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