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Page 2-Thursday, June 28, 1979-The Michigan Daily
300 SPEND NIGHT IN EMERGENCY CENTERS

Area gas
('Continued from Page 1
damage could not be precisely deter-
mined yesterday, he estimated that it
was "at least half-a-million dollars."
He said state fire officials were still in-
vestigating the damage yesterday
evening and would probably arrive at
a cost figure and cause of the fire this
afternoon.
Area firefighters finally brought
the fire under control at 12:30 p.m.
yesterday.
Curtis said one of the tanks was blown
40 feet into the air and landed 75 feet
away.
He said the fire destroyed seven

tank explosion forces evacuation

liquid propane tanks at the Washtenaw
Farmer's Oil Co., each of which held
20,000 gallons and was 12 feet in
diameter.
THE RED CROSS set up emergency
shelters at Ardis Elementary School
and Ypsilanti High School. Ardis
Elementary housed some 265 residents
in the gymnasium and the media cen-
ter, according to the school' principal
Ronald Yahr.
Head Custodian C.A. Brown said the
people were relatively calm and
seemed "like they were hoping it'd be
over. Nobody seemed to be upset."

Yahr said the "people (when they fir-
st arrived) were questioning why they
were being evacuated from their
houses. People were concerned about
their places. No one was that upset."
YAHR SAID, however, that children
weren't adapting to the temporary
location change as well as their parents
were.
"It was hard for the kids to sleep," he
said, "They were running around a lot.
"It was a different environment for
them," Yahr said.
He added that other residents went to
hotels, motels, friends' houses, and

Ann Arbor city workers vote to strike

"just stayed away from the area."
School secretary Carol Shauan said,
"It (the explosion) woke me up. It
shook the house. I could feel it (the
house) vibrating. It was terrible."
SHAUAN, WHO lives close to three
miles from the storage yards, said her
neighbor "didn't hear a thing."
State police yesterday closed a num-
ber of roads in the vicinity of the fire,
but all but one have been reopened.
Morgan Rd., which runs adjacent to the
storage yards, remains closed because
fire officials are still combing the area,
police said.
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Volume LXXXIX, No. 35-S
Thursday, June 28, 1979
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other non-union employees, and we
would also go to court" to seek an in-
junction forcing the employees back to
work as early as Monday," Kenney
said.
THE AFSCME local is asking for a 25
per cent pay increase in a one-year con-
tract with a 45c per hour ceiling on the
cost of living allowance. Knight said the
union would consider a two-year con-
tract only if the cost of living limit is
removed.
The union is asking for a total in-

crease of $1.65 per hour for the city
workers.
The city package presented at a
meeting with a state mediator last
Tuesday afternoon offered a five per
cent increase - considerably lower
than the union demand - each year of a
proposed three-year, contract.
NEGOTIATIONS WITH a state
mediator are scheduled for today and
will continue Friday and Saturday if
necessary. Knight told the union mem-
bers he would call another special

meeting for a ratification vote if a con-
tract package is agreed upon before the
Saturday deadline.
"We'll be lucky to get the 45-cent
cap," said Knight. "We're asking for
$1.65 an hour," he emphasized, in
response to demands from the restless
members.
The large increase is necessary,
Knight said Tuesday, to achieve union
parity with police and firefighters.
Kenney said last night the vote to
authorize a strike was "not unexpec-
ted."

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