Black Diamond, WA Lawson Mine Fire, Oct 1902

TWELVE MINERS PERISH.

Fatal Explosion of Fire Damp in the Lawson Mines Near Black Diamond, Washington.

BLACK DIAMOND, Washington, Oct. 2.---Last night, between 9 and 10 o'clock, an explosion of firedamp occurred on the fourth level of the South Side of the Lawson mines, near the town. Twelve men were killed and the mine was badly wrecked.

Twenty men were employed in that portion of the mine when the explosion occurred and eight got out alive. Three bodies have been recovered.

Relief parties were at once sent into the mine and every effort is being made to recover the bodies. Coroner Hoyt has been notified and is expected from Seattle on a special train. The Lawson mines are the property of the Pacific Coast Company. The fourth level is 1,600 feet below the surface.

The New York Times, New York, NY 3 Oct 1902

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DISASTROUS EXPLOSION IN THE BLACK DIAMOND COAL MINES.

Fire Damp is the Fourth Level of the Lawson Mine Ignites and Fourteen Men are Killed.

BLACK DIAMOND, Wash., Oct. 2.----Last night between 9 and 10 o'clock an explosion of fire damp occurred on the fourth level of the south side of the Lawson mines, near this town.

Fourteen men are supposed to have been killed.

The Lawson mines belong to the Pacific Coast company.

At 10 o'clock this morning one body had been taken from the mine.

Some of the Killed.

Following are the names of five of the men supposed to hev[sic] been killed:

BROCHELL, FRANK.
LANVEDER, JAMES.
CARSON, PHILLIP.
LUNDBERG, _______.
SWANSON, JOHN.

Fourteen men were employed in that portion of the mine when the explosion occurred and it is impossible that any of them have escaped.

The Morning Olympian, Olympia, WA 3 Oct 1902

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ENTOMBED IN A MINE.

Twelve Lives Lost Through the Explosion of Fire Damp.

Black Diamond, Wash., Oct. 2.----An explosion of fire damp occurred last night between 9 and 10 o'clock in the south end of the fourth level of the Lawson mine, badly wrecking the mine and killing twelve miners. Three bodies have been taken out. There are supposed to be nine more bodies in the mine. The dead:

JOE JACKER.
FRANK FLINDER.
FRANK ROCHELLE.
ROBERT LUNDBERG.
JOHN SWANSON.
JOHN CREGHINO.
SIMON TERSAUVICH.
______ ERICCO.
JOHN LETER.
HUGH LEVANDER.
LOUIS BERKMAN.

The Pacific Coast Company is the owner of the mine. Everything possible is being done to recover the bodies. The fourth level is 1,800 feet below the surface. The fans are now working in the mine and the deadly air is being cleared out.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 3 Oct 1902

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MINERS TO BLAME.

Evidence Shows That Lawson Mine Was in Good Condition.

BLACK DIAMOND. Oct. 7.---The jury impaneled by Coroner Hoye to inquire into the cause and responsibility for the explosion of the Black Diamond mines last Wednesday, returned a verdict tonight exhonerating[sic] the company. According to their evidence, the explosion was caused by two shots fired in rapid succession, the second shot igniting the dust created by the first.

The evidence of twenty witnesses was taken, showing the mine to have been in the best possible condition. It was also shown that the shots were fired contrary to mine orders, having been fired by the miners instead of the fire boss.

The Morning Olympian, Olympia, WA 8 Oct 1902