At 9:34 in the morning of February 19, 1930, a welder caused an explosion of a fuel tank that threw burning oil onto a nearby building at the Luders Marine complex, in turn causing a massive fire. The building, containing eight boats for winter storage were completely destroyed with the building. A nearby painter was severely burned by the oil spewed in his direction. The painter died several weeks later at Stamford Hospital as a result of his burns. The estimated property loss were in excess of $100,000.
The welder claims he was told that the fuel tank had been drained and was completely empty.