Gold Hill, NV Yellow Jacket Mine Fire, Sep 1873


Gold Hill, Sept. 20 -- This morning, shortly before three o'clock, a fire broke out in a wince, of the thirteen hundred foot level of the Jacket ground, north of the Jacket shaft, occasioned by a spark from the blacksmith shop in that level, used by the Belcher to sharpen tools. There were six men suffocated, and several more are not expected to survive. Five explosions have occurred up to this hour, shaking the town, and causing some damage to the Crown Point and Belcher, caused by tearing out the timbers in the drifts, and filling them up with debris.


San Francisco, Sept. 20 -- The following additional particulars have been received from the Yellow Jacket mine:
The firemen can do nothing toward extinguishing the fire, but it is in a place where there is not much timber, consequently it will soon die out. Work will probably be commenced in the Belcher and Crown Point tomorrow, and none of the mines have sustained much damage. Six miners were killed outright, and a number of others are very sick from inhaling the gas and being burned, but not dangerously. People are greatly excited, and it is rumored that others are missing. The cry now is, "No more blacksmith shops in the mines." ALBERT LACKY, underground foreman of the Belcher mine, had his face and arms badly burned in trying to save his men. The coroner's inquest will be held Monday.

Salt Lake Daily Tribune Utah 1873-09-21