Negaunee, MI Mine Fire, May 1911
SEVEN DEAD IN MINE FIRE.
MEN TRAPPED FOUR HUNDRED FEET UNDERGROUND BY BLAZING TIMBERS.
Special to The Washington Post.
Negaunee, Mich., May 5 -- Nearly a score out of a hurdred miners in the Hartford mine of the Republic Iron and Steel Company were cut off from escape when the timbering of the mine took fire at 8 o'clock this morning, and at least seven men are dead.
The bodies of EDWARD BURSKA, HEBRER DOWER, HARRY WHARRY, and JOHN TABLIN were recovered by rescue parties, and RICHARD YELLAND and his son WILLIAM and AUGUST FREDERICKSON are still in the mine.
No hopes are entertained that they are alive. All the men smothered by smoke and gas from the fire. The fire broke out on the third level of the mine, 400 feet underground. It is the theory that some careless miner left a lighted candle too near the woodwork of the shaft.
Washington Post District of Columbia 1911-05-06