Amsterdam, OH Coal Mine Explosion, Apr 1910
Nine miners, who were working between the explosion and the opening of the mine, were blown to the tipple where they fell unconscious. Several were badly burned.
Fire prevented eager rescuers from making a descent, but the men formed a fire brigade and fought the blaze for several hours. Wives and children of the imprisoned miners soon joined the crowd and force was employed to prevent a panic. The work of rescue has been halted temporarily until oxygen arrives from Pittsburg.
PITTSBURG, Pa., April 22.-Engineer J. W. PAUL, in charge of the United States Geological Survey station here, left about noon to-day with four oxygen helmets to aid in the rescue of the mine victims at Amsterdam, O.
Reports of the explosion were not received here until this morning, and because of the inaccessibility of the town of Amsterdam to railroads entering Pittsburg aid cannot leave until noon.
According to local officials of the Youghlogeheny & Ohio Co., the death list is not believed to be large, as only a small number are said to have been employed at night.
Two Italians Escape.
EDWARD JONES, the mine boss, JOHN SMITH, JR., and two Italians escaped from the mine following the explosion. Known dead are:
JOE SANPELRE, Italian, single, 23.
JOHN SMITH, SR., 50.
JAMES MCMASTER, 31, SMITH's son-in-law.
CHAS. HOWARTH, 45.
Mine Boss JONES said at noon that as he was making his way from the mine he counted the bodies of eight miners. All of the other mines near here have been closed and over 2000 miners are on the scene aiding in the rescue work.
When the fan was temporarily shut down for repairs this morning the grief striken wives and relatives of the entombed miners were about the mouth of the shaft and several had to be restrained from jumping into the shaft.
The force of the explosion broke the windows in the caboose of a passing freight train.
Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, PA 22 Apr 1910