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Friday, February 13, 2015

Westland Oil Fire Part 3

 One who survived the Westland Oil Fire was an airport employee named Hobart Myers. He had gone to the scene to see what was happening and decided to try and help. When the flaming gasoline covered his body he dived into a sand pile at a nearby construction site. Myers was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital for treatment of severe burns. His coveralls were still smoldering when he arrived at the hospital. His clothing reportedly burst into flames again, burning a nurse who was caring for him. Myers suffered severe burns and had to go skin grafts. He was a patient at St. Joe’s Hospital for over eleven months before returning home. Myers later became a custodial worker at the Ward County Courthouse and passed away in 1958.



4 comments:

  1. I grew up in the neighborhood: on 1st Avenue N.E. Even though I was a very little girl I remember the heat and red glow of the fire looking down 1st Avenue. If I remember correctly we were evacuated from our home. (I think I have photos in my Mom's album.

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