Castle Gate, UT Coal Mine Disaster, Mar 1924
Wives Stand Silent And Sad.
In the town of Castle Gate, old women and wives, who are generally at the gate to meet their husbands and sons coming home from work, stand silent and sad. Telephones and electric light poles, and timber that was near the mouth were blown across the valley, which in nearly a mile wide. The second explosion devastated the fan house and added to the damage of the first. The third, 20 minutes later, completed the destruction, by causing a cave-in. The office building, a hundred feet from the shaft, was partially destroyed.
No Evidence Of Life.
Rescue teams have been able to penetrate the main drift of the Utah fuel mine No. 2 for a distance of 500 feet, it was announced at 10 o'clock Saturday night. No bodies were found. Neither was there any evidence that any one remained alive in the mine.
Another crew penetrated the escapeway for something over a thousand feet without discovering any bodies.
The Billings Gazette Montana 1924-03-09
FIRE DELAYS MINE RESCUERS -- HEROES SEEKING DEAD OF 175 ENTOMBED HELD UP BY CAVING TUNNEL.
ONE HELMETMAN DIES OF ASPHYXIATION AS NOSE PIECE BECOMES DETACHED IN GAS FILLED GALLERIES; SEVERAL CHARRED BODIES BROUGHT OUT; HUGE BONFIRES WARM HUDDLED CROWDS.
Salt Lake City, March 9. -- Fire broke out, Sunday afternoon, in an emergency exit of the Utah Fuel company mine at Castle Gate, Utah, and rescue work was held up several hours before it was extinguished.
A further cave-in in the main tunnel, which necessitates the removal of a large quantity of timbers and debris, occurred and also delayed rescue work through that passage.
A glimmer of hope for some of the miners was expressed when a pile of tools was found by searchers and no bodies in the vicinity. It is thought that some may have barricaded themselves from the gases.
Additional rescue workers were gassed, Sunday morning, but none were fatally injured.