Kenilworth, UT Coal Mine Dust Explosion, Mar 1945


Kenilworth, Utah, March 15 -- (AP) -- Explosion of coal dust in the Independent Coal and Coke Company mine claimed the lives of three miners and injured nine others. Two of the men died of severe burns and other injuries today, the other succumbed last night.
Four others were in critical condition.
The dead:
GILMER NIELSEN, 34, Kenilworth, father of three children.
CLEM HAWKS, 42, Kenilworth.
RUSSEL JACKSON, 27, Kenilworth, father of three children.
NIELSEN died last night.
Most seriously injured are:
ARTHUR LERMUSIAX, all under treatment in a hospital at Price.
Five others received medical treatment.
The explosion occurred yesterday when the arc flash from a broken power line touched off the coal dust, Mine Superintendent George B. Jackson, said.
R. H. Dalrymple, state industrial commission member in charge of industrial safety, said L. C. Harvery of Price, chief of the coal mine inspection division, and other authorities were making a thorough investigation of the accident.
The flash ignited the clothing of 12 of the cutting crew of 16 men who were operating in the vicinity.
George B. Jackson, mine superintendent, said a safety precaution "rock dusting" prevented the spread of the flames.
The injured men were given first aid at the mouth of the tunnel by doctors from Helper and Price who were hastily summoned.
The blast occurred at one-fifteen p.m. (MWT).

Ogden Standard Examiner Utah 1945-03-15


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My mother's first husband was one of the fatalities of this mine explosion. Mom said he lived for a day or so before he died. His name was David Bennett. Mom then met and married my father in 1948. She died in 1974. She always told me that though she liked my dad, she really loved Dave!