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The Faulty Gas Pipe From  the Malton Gas Fire, 1969, at the Malton Fire Department
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Title: The Faulty Gas Pipe From the Malton Gas Fire, 1969, at the Malton Fire Department
Identifier: MI0173
Date of Original Photo: 1969
Image Type: Slide
Subject: Fires -- Ontario -- Malton (Mississauga)
Donor: Arthur P. Kennedy
Location: Airport and Derry Roads, Conc 6 EHS, Lot 11

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Description: On October 25, 1969, a faulty pipe in a gas line beneath the junction of Airport and Derry Roads in Malton exploded, causing a huge fire at the four corners. One person, Jean Perigo, a long-time Malton resident, was killed and about twenty others were injured. The fire was so hot that firefighters were unable to get near the fire. Nine stores and several houses and cars were destroyed in the fire. The fire covered an area of the Four Corners of Malton west of Airport Road and north and south of Derry Road. The gas pipe was inspected after the explosion. Evidence given at the inquest in February 1970 into the death of Jean Perigo (the only person to die in the fire) showed that the wrong valve had been shut off, putting too much pressure on the "dead-end" pipe. The jury at the coroner's inquest into the death of Jean Perigo, who died in the explosion, was taken to the Malton fire hall to examine the pipes. Original slide at Museums of Mississauga. Description as of January 2013.
Agency: Mississauga Library System
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