Ladysmith, BC Coal Mine Explosion, Oct 1909

MINE IS FREE FROM FIRE; RECOVERING THE BODIES.

THIRTY-TWO MEN PERISHED IN MINE EXPLOSION IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.

Ladysmith, B. C., Oct. 6. -- Of the thirty-two miners who lost their lives yesterday in the extension mine of the Wellington colliery company near here as a result of an explosion of fire damp, eighteen bodies had been recovered today. There is no fire in the mine. It is expected that work will be resumed in less than a week. The mine has a daily output of fourteen hundred tons.
Sixty miners were entombed by the explosion but 25 of them were rescued, all badly injured.
The shock was terrific, but its effect was confined to the slope wherein it occurred. All of the men in the other slopes and levels escaped.
Fifty men were engaged in rescue work. Hundreds of inhabitants and miners volunteered aid but the nature of the rescue work precluded more than fifty being engaged.
The explosion was due to fire damp, the timbers in two levels at once igniting and the fire spreading with great rapidity.
Residents of Nanaimo were prevented from going to Extension, where the disaster occurred, and only rescuers, miners and officials are on the scene.
The men employed in the colleries on Vancouver Island are of the better class of British miners. All are well paid and have comfortable homes.
The Wellington colliery company, which owns the Extension mine is controled by British Columbia capitalists, Lieut. Governor James Dunsmuie being the head of the corporation.

The Fort Wayne Sentinel Indiana 1909-10-13

Listing of the Casualties:
ANDREW MOFFATT, 42, bratticeman.
THOMAS O'CONNELL, 27, miner.
JAMES MOLYNEUX, 36, miner.
THOMAS THOMAS, 29, miner.
ALEX MILOS, 28, laborer.
HAROLD TAYLOR, 30, laborer.
WILLIAM KESERICH, 38, miner.
GEORGE BODOVINAC, 25, miner.
ROBERT MARSHALL, 25, pusher.
WILLIAM ROBINSON, 35, miner.
PETER NISLAND, 39, pusher.
JOHN EWART, 38, pusher.
CHARLES SCHEFF, 27, laborer.
W. A. SELBURN, 45, laborer.
WILLIAM QUINN, 18, driver.
ALEX KESERICH, 21, miner.
WILLIAM DAVIDSON, 17, driver.
EDWARD DUNN, 17, driver.
FRED INGHAM, 23, bratticeman.
WINYARD STEELE, 25, pusher.
ALEX McCLELLAN, 36, driver.
ROBERT WHITE, 46, miner.
JOHN ISBISTER, 48, tracklayer.
JOHN BULIAH, 34, miner.
MIKE GUSTAV, 30, loader.
OSCAR NYMAN, 28, pusher.
CHARLES SALO, 30, loader.
THOMPSON PARKIN, 27, miner.
TODD ROMBOVIA, 42, miner.
JOHN WARGO, 43, miner.
MIKE DANCELOVICH, 25, runner.
HERMAN PETERSEN, 43, miner.

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Sad Day

OMG EVERYBODY DIED!!!!!!!!!