Torch explosion in Yoncalla, Delberts garage
Corval-lis. a I Torch Explosion Burns Station, Injures Operator A blow torch exploded Saturday night, and the resulting fire destroyed destroyed a garage and a service station and burned the man handling handling the blow touch. The fire, is Yoncalla, started about 7:30. Ray Benzel, a mechanic in Ellis Wilson's Garage, waa working on a logging truck owned by Elmer Dupper when the explosion occurred, occurred, according to Mrs. George Edcs, News-Review News-Review News-Review correspondent. The garage and contents, including including the truck, were destroyed. The flames, spreading next door, also destroyed the Harley Means service station, although contents of the statiion were aaved. Benzel was taken to a Drain physician for treatment of burns. He wasn't hospitalized. The garage and service station were located adjacent to Dickey'a Shopping Center in South Yoncalla. The shopping center and Dickey's Auto Parts, in the same group of nuiidings, weren t damaged. Del-be Del-be Del-be rt Dicker, owner of both busi nesses, wasn't home at the time. Dickey, also mayor of Yoncalla, lives in aa apartment in the shop- shop- pine cenier. Mrs. Edes said the Drain Fire Department and a fire truck from the Whipple Mill joined Yoncalla volunteer firemen front preventing spread of the flames. Loss won't be estimated for a few days, she reported.