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Ely, NV Burning Mine Casualties, Aug 1911

SEVEN DEAD PERISH IN BURNING MINE; MORE MAY DIE.

DEATH TAKES ITS TOLL IN FIRE IN GIROUX CONSOLIDATED AT ELY.

FLAMES, PROBABLY DUE TO EXPLOSION, START AT 1400-FOOT LEVEL.

Ely, Nev., AUg. 24. -- Of ten men who were working at the 1400-foot level of the new five-compartment shaft of the Giroux Consolidated Mines when it caught fire last night, seven are dead and three lie at the point of death after passing through the flames to reach the surface.
The Dead:
DANIEL SHEA, secretary of the local miners union.
T. J. GILMORE, shift boss.
JOHN WILHELMY.
THOMAS O'DOLEVICH.
EDWARD WALSH.
JOHN McNULTY.
MICHAEL FOLEY.
Seriously Injured:
CLARENCE GATES.
EDWARD KNOX.
PETER HARRINGTON.
The men on the 1400-foot level heard a noise which they thought was caused by an explosion. They looked upward and saw the shaft in flames.
They all boarded the cage and started for the surface. At the 1200-foot level they encountered the flames and stopped.
WILHELMY and four other men left the cage and started to walk through the 1200-foot level to the old Alpha shaft, several hundred feet away, through which they hoped to climb out of the mine.
The five men remaining in the cage gave the signal to hoist and were pulled through the blazing shaft. One was dead when the top was reached and the other four were taken to a hospital.
The work of rescuing the five men lying in the mine was then attempted through the Alpha shaft.
At the 400-foot level WILHELMY was found dead; GILMORE'S body was recovered at the 600-foot level; face downward at the bulkhead O'DOLEVICH lay dead.
The other two bodies were found clinging to ladders, where the men had been suffocated.
This is the same mine in which three and a half years ago, two men were killed and four others entombed for forty-six days in the Alpha shaft.
The new shaft is one of the largest and deepest in the district and cost over a quarter of a million dollars. Every effort is being made to extinguish the flames, which are still burning.

Oakland Tribune California 1911-08-24



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