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Gas Used in Suicide Explodes, Injuring 3

Searchers Light Match Before Power Man Is Found Dead

William Henderson, thirty-nine years old, a power man employed by the New York Telephone Company, was found dead yesterday in a gas filled bungalow on Roosevelt Walk, Rockaway Point, Queens. Three friends who entered the dwelling to search for him were seriously burned when one of them lit a match, causing an explosion.

The three, taken to Rockaway Beach Hospital, are Edward Devine, thirty-five, of 2047 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn; William Presky, forty-four, of 51-11 Woodside Avenue, and Sidney Mahl, thirty-eight, of 4817 Avenue L, Brooklyn.

Police said that Henderson disappeared on Thursday from his home at 255 73rd Street, Brooklyn. His wife became worried and asked his friends to look for him. They knew he had the Rockaway Point bungalow and went there. After the explosion police found Henderson beside the gas range in the kitchen. The jets on the range were open. His death was listed as “probably suicide.”

New York Herald Tribune, April 16, 1939

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