Two Men Burned To Death in a Saloon at East Grand Forks
Another tragedy is reported from East Grand Forks, where, in the burning of W. D. Kelley's saloon, Kelley and a comrade, T. J. McAdam, were found enclasped in each other's arms, burned almost beyond recognition.
The most reasonable theory of the terrible tragedy is that Mr. Kelley accompanied by Mr. McAdam had started for home from Sullivan's saloon. In passing Kelley's saloon, one or the other had smelled escaping gas coming from the basement. It is supposed that the two men went around to the rear door, lit a match, and the gas in the basement caused the explosion which wrecked the building, which cat fire and was destroyed.
Bismarck Daily Tribune, 2/1/1900