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Johnstown, PA Coal Mine Explosion, Aug 1928

FIVE KILLED IN MINE EXPLOSION.

STATE INSPECTORS TRYING TO DETERMINE CAUSE OF FATAL BLAST -- FIVE OTHER MINERS ARE INJURED.

Johnstown, Pa., Aug. 10. -- (UP) -- State mine inspectors examined the interior today of the Tunnel Smokeless Coal Company's mine near here, to determine the cause of the explosion late yesterday, which killed five miners and injured five others.
The five victims were working in a room 1,500 feet from the mouth of the mine when the explosion occurred near them. The five injured men were working nearby.
Mine officials said today they believed the explosion was confined to one compartment of the mine, but they could advance no theory for the cause of the blast.
The mine is owned by Thomas Lochrie of Windber, Pa.
Those killed were:
STEVE PARKER.
WASIL CENDRUSKI.
FRANK SURVINSKI.
PETER KLENKOVICH.
IGNACE BUDDY, all of Johnstown.
They were killed by the poisonous gas which followed the explosion, officials said.
Rescue workers, who went into the mine shortly after the blast, were hindered by the gas. Some of them were overcome.

Altoona Mirror Pennsylvania 1928-08-10

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