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Williamson, WV Coal Mine Fire, July 1914

FIVE MEN IMPRISONED BY FIRE IN COAL MINE.

RESCUERS WORK WITH FEVERISH ENERGY IN DIGGING A SHAFT INTO THE WORKINGS AT WILLIAMSON, W. VA.

HAVE NOT GIVEN UP HOPE.

EXPERTS BELIEVE IT IS POSSIBLE TO GET THE ENTOMBED MEN OUT ALIVE BY EVENING, THE ONLY DANGER LYING IN FLAMES ADVANCING TO THEIR PLACE OF REFUGE -- HUNDRED MEN USUALLY AT WORK DID NOT REPORT FOR DUTY LAST NIGHT.

(By Associated Press)
Williamson, W. Va., July 1. -- Rescuers worked with feverish energy today digging a shaft into the working of mine No. 1 of the Sycamore Coal Company, near here, in the hope of reaching five men who were cut off when fire broke out last midnight.
The throng surrounding the pit realized soon after dawn that the hope was forlorn, but the men under the direction of a mine inspector and their bosses continued to dig.
Others forced their was into the gas-filled galleries and endeavored to choke the flames with sand, crews being relieved every hour but they made little progress. Dense volumes of smoke poured from the openings, and it was feared the fire was spreading rapidly.
The fire broke out in the fan house and that structure was destroyed. Alarmed by the failure of the air, twenty-five men made their way to the surface, but five were caught in the entries far from the openings.
The nearest rescue crew of the United States Bureau of Mines was at Roanoke, Va., and was expected to reach here during the day.
The entombed miners:
GEORGE SEIBOLD.
JAMES COLLINS.
BENJAMIN JAMES.
HENRY LYONS.
MARION LYONS.
They are believed by deputy mine Inspector Edward Lambert to be in a part of the mine not yet touched by the fire.
He said they probably had been cut off by the flames and had taken refuge in a room about 1,000 feet from the mouth. If they could live during the day there was some hope of saving them, experienced miners declared.
Lines of hose were run into the main entry and water was kept playing on the flames, while seventy-five miners were detailed for work in the excavation. One hundred men were usually employed in the mine at night but many of them did not report last night.

Oshkosh Daily Northwestern Wisconsin 1914-07-01

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