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New Kensington, Pennsylvania

Mine Explosion

February 25, 1913


Feared Miners May be Trapped Behind Wall of Flame in Mine Near New Kensington.

United Press Telegram.
NEW KENSINGTON, Pa., Feb. 26. -- Mine rescue cars are being hurried from all parts of the State today to determine whether any of the 200 miners employed in the Valley Camp mine are confined behind the wall of flame, which has been raging in the workings since yesterday.

A terrific explosion occurred yesterday, in which two are known to have been fatally injured, and two others hurt less seriously. Whether any men are confined in the workings is not known.

A rescue party which entered the mine last night narrowly escaped death, when a second explosion occurred. The injured men are: H. G. KINLOCK and JOHN O'BRIAN, who were fatally injured; DANIEL SHARP, who inhaled fire and smoke and JOHN OCHURER [unsure of last name], burned about the face and hands.

The Daily Courier Connellsville Pennsylvania 1913-02-26



Explosion in Villa Coal Mine Trapped Four of Them.

New Kensington, Pa., Feb. 26
Four members of a searching party trapped in a fiery mine of the Villa Coal Company by an explosion were badly burned and are in a critical condition today. The fire is still raging and mine rescue cars were rushed to the scene, as it if feared a number of miners are pressed behind the wall of fire.

Olean Evening Times New York 1913-02-26

Articles submitted & transcribed by Stu Beitler  Thank you, Stu!


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