Fredericktown, PA Burning Coal Mine Traps Miners, Oct 1905
IMPRISONED IN A BURNING MINE.
FLAMES BREAK OUT IN PENNSYLVANIA COLLIERY.
STILL BLAZING FIERCELY.
OF 200 MEN IN THE SHAFT, ALL BUT SIX ESCAPED, AND IT IS FEARED THESE ARE DEAD -- RESCUE PARTIES AT WORK.
Fredericktown, Pa., Oct. 14. -- Half a mile back from the entry six miners are imprisoned, perhaps dead, in the mine of the Clyde Coal Company. The mine is on fire, the flames blazing fiercely, and the belief is general that the entombed men cannot be reached in time to save their lives, even if they are not already dead. Two others were seriously burned in an explosion in the fan house, following the breaking out of the fire in the mine, one of them so fearfully that he will not live.
The imprisoned men are:
The burned men are:
L. D. WOOD, burned about the face and back, may recover.
ROBERT VIRGIN, frightfully burned about the body, cannot live.
Nearly 200 men were in the mine when the fire started. Its exact origin is not known, but it is supposed that it was caused by a wire becoming short-circuited and igniting the brattice cloths, which serve to create drafts by means of which the mine is kept free from foul air. All but the six men named escaped. As soon as it was discovered that some of the men had been left behind in the mine, whose passages were now becoming poisoned with smoke and gases, two rescue parties began efforts to reach them, but up to midnight without result.
The attempts to effect a rescue were abandoned as hopeless. The burning coal has baffled the men in every effort to reach the imprisoned miners, who are now almost certainly dead. It is believed that the only hope of extinguishing the fire is by flooding the mine.
Logansport Reporter Indiana 1905-10-14