Angel's Camp, CA Gold Mine Fire, Aug 1897

GOLD MINE ON FIRE.

A TOWN OF SIX THOUSAND WILL SUFFER FROM THE LOSS.

Angel's Camp, Cal., Aug. 17. -- The great Utica mine is on fire.
Flames and smoke were discovered issuing from the 800-foot level this morning. It was with difficulty that the shift made their escape. Six men were cut off, but made their way through the new shaft.
The fire is supposed to have originated from spontaneous combustion caused by lard and coal oil. It is impossible at present to estimate the loss that the fire will cause, but it is safe to say it will amount to $500,000. Not only are the mine owners affected but the whole town of Angels which contains a population of 6,000, almost dependent upon the thousand miners employed in the Utica group of mines.
Every effort is being made to quench the fire, but gas and smoke is escaping from all the shafts, which are being rapidly bulkheaded.
While stopping up the Utica shaft several firemen were suffocated.
The mine is being rapidly flooded.
The Utica mine is the largest quartz gold mine that is worked by the chlorination process.

Daily Review Decatur Illinois 1897-08-18