Cabin Creek, WV Fire Suffocates Miners, Dec 1905

MINERS SUFFOCATED.

SMOKE FROM BURNING STACK PROVES FATAL TO FIVE WORKMEN.

Charleston, W. Va., Dec. 6. -- At Morton, on Cabin Creek, in this county, seven coal miners were suffocated. They were working in a drift mine when the wooden stack of the ventilating furnace caught fire and was consumed. The men outside
busied themselves with trying to put out the fire, and failing in that, with keeping it from spreading to other structures in the immediate neighborhood, paying no heed to those in the mine, not supposing them to be in danger. But there was a strong draft from the burning stack directly into the mouth of the mine and the smoke rushed in with overwheloming fury.
The miners who were in the more remote sections of the mine were unable to get out and were overcome with the smoke. There were seven of these, and but two could be rescued after being brought out.
The Horton mine is the property of the Cardiff Coal Company, which has eight or ten mines in the Cabin Creek field.

Evening Record Greenville Pennsylvania 1905-12-06