Burnett, WA Coal Mine Explosion, Dec 1924

BLAST WRECKS COAL MINE; FOUR REPORTED DEAD.

EXPLOSION TRAPS FORTY-SIX MINERS; TWO HURT AND TWO MISSING.

Tacoma, Dec. 18. -- Four men are dead, two injured and three are unaccounted for, according to a report at midnight from the Pacific Coast Coal Company's mine at Burnett, 29 miles southeast of here, according to a statement issued by N.D. Moore, Seattle, president of the coal company.
The dead:
CHARLES KIRBY.
B. H. WASHBURN.
ELMER CRIPPEN.
ELMER LANDIS.
The injured:
HARRY HUMECKE, critical condition.
R. LAZARUS, slightly injured.
Missing:
E. H. RIDLEY.
E. J. RUSH.
The official statement issued at midnight by Moore said:
"An explosion as yet of an unknown origin occurred at 6 p.m. in No. 4 south gangway of the Burnett Mine. At work in the various parts of the mine at the time were 46 men. Of these, all but eight were unhurt and soon brought to the surface."
"Rescue crews of the Burnett mine at once went into the rescue and these were reinforced by crews from the bureau of mines and of the Pacific Coast Coal Company's other mines at Black Diamond, Newcastle and Carbondale."

Oakland Tribune California 1924-12-18