Earlington, KY Trapped In Burning Coal Mine, Nov 1920
SIXTEEN TRAPPED IN BURNING MINE.
THREE WHITES AND THIRTEEN NEGROES HELD.
HOPE OF RESCUE FOR MEN IMPRISONED IN MINE IS SLIGHT; USE GAS MASKS IN RESCUE WORK.
(By Associated Press)
Earlington, Ky., Nov. 17 -- Nine rescue teams are working desperately today to save the lives of sixteen miners trapped in the burning Arnold coal mine near here. The men were trapped three miles back in the mine when the fire broke out yesterday afternoon.
After all attempted to rescue the men gave out, the rescuers began to dig a tunnel into the burning mine but were forced to come out because of the densness of the smoke and gas.
Another rescue party organized to go into the mines armed with gas masks and hope to go to the end of the mine in an attempt to find the men.
Officials of the mine and other state officials believe the men have probably already been overcome in the mine.
Of the men trapped in the mine, three are white men and thirteen are negroes. One other negro who was near the entrance of the mine was the first to notice the fire and quickly spread the alarm and nine rescue teams from nearby coal mining cities were called as quickly as possible. The rescue teams worked tirelessly all night.
There is a little group near the burning entrance who are the wives and families of the entrapped men. They have watched tirelessly all night long in the hope that their loved ones would be spared to them.
Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune Wisconsin 1920-11-17
FIVE OF SIXTEEN ENTOMBED MEN DIE IN MINE.
Earlington, Ky., Nov. 17. -- Five of the sixteen men trapped by a fire in the Arnold mine near here were taken out dead this morning They were the victims of suffocation.
The dead are:
ROY CARNES, 42, white.
HUGH PERKINS, 42, white.
JACK BOND, 44, white.
ALEXANDER JAMES, negro.
GEORGE ANDERSON, negro.
The other eleven were rescued and are in a serious condition. The fire was discovered in the mine last Tuesday.
A Mine Workers' car from Evansville and a rescue crew arrived on the scene early. After unsuccessful efforts were made to enter the mine, the fire was barricaded and the work of tunneling behind it was begun.
The tunnel was pushed through the shaft and equipped with oxygen tanks and masks the rescuers entered. The first man found was unconscious but he was revived under first aid treatment. Nearly twelve hours after being entombed the first man was brought up.
The Daily Journal Des Moines Iowa 1920-11-18