Shamokin, PA Reading Coal Co. Mine Fire, May 1904

FIRE STARTS IN A COAL MINE

FIRE BREAKS OUT IN ONE OF THE MINES OF THE READING COAL COMPANY AND MUCH DAMAGE IS DONE.

BIG BREAKER WAS FORCED TO SHUT DOWN AND MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND EMPLOYES ARE OUT OF WORK.

Shamokin, Pa., May 6--Fire which broke out last night in the Locust Gap Slope operated by the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron company--is still raging fiercely.

John and Mitchell Boglan and Michael Shannon, of Locust Gap, who were in the mine when the fire started, were unable to reach the surface and a rescuing party is at work in an endeavor to release the entombed men.

Locust Spring breaker, which prepared the Locust Gap Coal for market was forced to shut down. Rendering over one thousand men & boys idle.

The Perry Daily Chief, Perry IA 7 May 1904