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12:23 AM Fri, Nov. 16th

Doxol explosion anniversary to be marked by memorial service in Kingman

KINGMAN - The Kingman Fire Department will host a memorial service in remembrance of its fallen heroes at 7 p.m. today at Fire Fighter Memorial Park on Detroit Ave.

This year marks the 38th anniversary of the 1973 Doxol propane explosion that killed 11 Kingman firefighters and one civilian. The blast also injured 107 people.

The boiling liquid-expanding vapor explosion (BLEVE) remains one of the biggest tragedies in the history of Kingman. It was caused by a rupture that had decreased the pressure inside the tanker, causing the liquid inside to boil and rapidly create a large amount of vapor.

It was the wave of overpressure created by the vapor that caused the explosion.

First-responders Frank Henry, John Campbell, Donald Webb, Roger Hubka, Christopher Sanders, Joseph Chambers III, William Casson, M.B. (Jimmy) Cox, Richard Lee Williams, Alan Hansen and Art Stringer, as well as Doxol Gas Co. employee Marvin Mast, were killed.