Larksville, PA Coal Mine Fire, May 1911

WHITE DAMP IN MINE CAUSES FIVE DEATHS.

IF FIRE HAD STARTED DURING DAY INSTEAD OF NIGHT HARVEST OF DEATH WOULD HAVE BEEN HEAVY.

VICTIMS FOUND 1,000 FEET FROM FIRE.

SPARK FROM MINER'S LAMP SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN CAUSE OF DISASTER -- THREE OTHER MEN NEAR MINE ENTRANCE HAD NARROW ESCAPE.

Wilkes-Barre, Pa., May 11 -- Five lives were lost in the Boston Mine of the Delaware & Hudson Coal Co., at Larksville, near here last night. The victims were suffocated by white damp. Three other workers had narrow escapes. When found the bodies of the victims were 1,000 feet from the scene of the accident.
The dead:
JOHN MALAST, 17 of Larksville, door boy.
GEORGE FENDER, 19 of Larksville, driver.
JACOB EURILLA, 25 of Larksville, miner.
JOHN RUSSBUSKI, 29 of Larksville, miner.
WILLIAM ANGELOVICZ, 35 of Larksville, laborer.
Officials of the company were unable to make an investigation of the cause of the fire today, owing to the mine being filled with gas. The origin will probably never be known, but it is believed to have been caused by a spark from a miner's lamp falling in the timber at the mouth oa a manway. None of the men who were killed were within 1,000 feet of the fire. The three who escaped were warned of their danger by advancing clouds of smoke and succeeded in reaching the foot of the shaft in time to be lifted to safety.
Only ten or twelve men were in the mine last night at 9 o'clock when the fire started.

New Castle News Pennsylvania 1911-05-11