Rains, UT Carbon Fuel Co Mine Explosion, Sept 1924

FIVE ARE REPORTED ENTOMBED BY BLAST IN UTAH COAL MINE

WORKERS TRAPPED IN DEEP SHAFTS

NEARLY 200 OTHER EMPLOYES OFF DUTY WHEN EXPLOSION OCCURS.

By the Associated Press.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Sept. 21. - Five men are reported to be entombed in the Rains Mine of the Carbon Fuel Company at Rains, near Castlegate, about 100 miles south of here, as the result of an explosion at 6 o'clock Sunday night.

Although more than 200 men are employed in the mine, only five drill men, who were cutting out work for Monday, were on shift when the explosion occurred, according to meager reports from the mine.

The explosion is said to have occurred in the second left entry way which caved in, leaving the mainway and main entry clear.

Rescue crews from five camps and Spring Canyon, in which the mine is situated, are being sent to the scene.

It is expected the entombed men will be reached in a few hours unless gas or other cave-ins hamper the work.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 22 Sept 1924

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Rains Mine Explosion, Sept 1924

RESCUERS DIG MINE DEBRIS TO SAVE MEN

Explosion Traps Five; 200 Usually Work in Mine But Were Out Between Shifts During Blowup

(By Associated Press)

SPRING CANYON, Utah, Sept. 22. - Rescue crews were working frantically this morning to reach the five men imprisoned in the L. F. Rains mine of the Carbon Fuel Company near here since early last evening as the result of an explosion. The mine was not afire and good progress was being made in clearing away debris.
Mine officials said that while a check showed only five men were at work cutting and blasting when the explosion occurred, it is possible there were others.
Normally the mine employs about 200 men, but the work crews were off shift at the time of the blast.
Rescue crews from neighboring coal mines are here to assist the local forces.
The blast according to L. R. Rains, is what is termed a local explosion and does not extend throughout the entire mine. He said the main entrance way was clogged but it was believed the workings further back were not damaged.
At the rate work was proceeding this morning, Mr. Rains said he believed rescue crews would be able to break through and completely explore the mine late today.

Reported On Fire.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Sept., 2 - The L. F. Rains coal mine near Spring Canyon, Utah is which five me entombed as the result of an explosion early last night, is on fire and rescue of the imprisoned men is believed improbable, according to word received here shortly before 8 o'clock this morning. Communication with the mine is difficult.

Iowa City Press Citizen, Iowa City, IA 22 Sept 1924