In 1913, at about 10 o'clock Monday evening the japanning ovens in Plant No. 1 of the Art Metal Construction Company on Jones and Gifford Avenue exploded, causing quite serious damage to the building in which they were located. The ovens were heated by natural gas and were located in a detached building adjoining that which housed the paint department. The explosion was heard for a considerable distance and broke many windows in nearby factories and houses. So terrific was the force of the explosion that half of the third floor of the japanning department was blown away and a portion of the debris blocked the main tracks of the Erie Railroad which ran behind the plant. There was no loss of life and no fire resulted.