Ernest, PA Gas Explosion In Mine, Feb 1916

Ernest Town View Ernest Mine Tipple Entrance To Mines Ernest

RESCUERS -- WORKED IN RELAYS THROUGH NIGHT, BUT HOPE IS ABANDONED OF FINDING ANY MORE LIVING -- IN PENNSYLVANIA MINE THAT EXPLOSION WRECKED.

25 BODIES WERE FOUND.

WORKINGS AHEAD OF RESCUE CREWS FILLED WITH AFTER-DAMP, OVERCOMING SEVERAL OF THEM -- STATE MINE INSPECTORS ARE INVESTIGATING ACCIDENT TO DETERMINE ITS CAUSE.

(Associated Press Telegram)
Indiana, Pa., Feb. 12. -- Six bodies were today at noon added to the 19 already recovered from the mine of the Jefferson and Clearfield Coal and Iron company at Ernest, where an explosion occurred late yesterday. This brings the total known dead to 25 and engineers from the Pittsburgh station of the bureau of mines, conducting the search, expressed the belief that no more bodies would be found. The men were buried under masses of earth and coal blown down by the explosion near the face of the entries. It was said that exploration of that part of the mine affected by the explosion had been completed.

Rescuers worked in relays throughout the night in an effort to penetrate the workings of the Jefferson and Clearfield Coal and Iron company's mine at Ernest, where an explosion occurred yesterday. Eighteen bodies have been recovered at present but according to officials of the company six men are still entombed.

After the explosion occurred, rescue teams from neighboring mines were dispatched to the scene and work of searching the debris began.

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