Robertson's Flat, CA mine fire, Jul 1930

5 Die in Blaze In Mine Shaft

Flames Start on Surface and Run Down Timbers Inside.

SACRAMENTO, Cal., July 14 (AP). - The boides of five miners trapped in the Glenn mine at Robertson's flat were brought to the surface late Monday. The fire started in the mine cookhouse and spread rapidly down the shaft, trapping the miners. They attempted to escape by fleeing to a lower level, where the flames trapped them.

The victims were Joe Shearer, Henry Hansen, James Campini, Tom Capitan and a man known as Henry.

State Senator J. M. Inman of Sacramento, one of the mine owners, arraived at the scene and took charge of the rescue work and of fighting of the fire, which burned all surface buildings and surrounding timber.

W. D. Campbell of the Forest Service said about fifteen men were trying to control the flames spreading through big timber adjacent to the mine.

Seven men ordinarily work in the gold diggings and five were below the ground when the fire destroyed the cookhouse, a machine shop, compressor room, change house and other buildings before spreading down the timberwork into the mine shaft.

The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 15 Jul 1930