Ebensburg, PA Coal Mine Explosion, Mar 1941


Ebensburg, Pa., March 13 -- (INS) -- Four men were killed today in an explosion at the Revloc No. 1 mine of the Monroe Coal Company near Ebensburg, according to company officials.
The blast, cause of which was undetermined, claimed the lives of:
CLIFFORD DAVIS, 40, Ebensburg.
WINFIELD SCANLAN, 52, Gallitzin.
JAMES M. BRADY, 32, Altoona.
JAMES A. BARGER, JR., 23, Nantygio.
DAVIS and SCANLAN were repairmen, BRADY and BARGER, drillers. All were married -- SCANLAN the father of four children, BRADY of one.
The mine is located in Cambria County, just west of this county seat.
No other miners were injured.
Thomas Lamont, of Ebensburg, bituminous mine inspector for District 10, said the explosion probably was of gas.
The explosion occurred about 1 a.m., the first body being brought out at 4 a.m., the last at 4:30 a.m. as rescue crews swiftly went into action. All four victims were burned.
Scene of the explosion was at the number 16 entry in the number 1 dip, about half a mile from the entrance, a spokesman for the company said.

Chester Times Pennsylvania 1941-03-13