Kay Ford, WV Mine Explosion, Apr 1905

MEN ARE BURIED 2,000 FEET DEEP.

HORROR CAUSED BY EXPLOSION IN WEST VIRGINIA MINE.

FOUR MINERS ESCAPE, THREE OF THEM HORRIBLY BURNED, BUT FIVE OTHERS ARE BURIED UNDER TONS OF DEBRIS -- LITTLE HOPE FOR THOSE ENTOMBED.

Charleston, W. Va., April 20. -- A mine explosion in the Cabin Creek Mining Company's mine near Kay Ford about 30 miles above here late this afternoon may result in the death of five miners and the fatal injury of three others.
It was only a month ago that a similar disaster snuffed out the lives of twenty men at Rush Run near the scene of the catastrophe today. The disaster is said to have been caused by a powder explosion, the result of a miners carelessness.
About 5 o'clock, after many of the men had left the mine, there was a sharp report, followed by an explosion which threw debris in all directions. The tipples took fire and were soon a mass of flames. Nine men were still within the mine when the explosion occurred. Of these four reached safety with the assistance of friends. Three of the number were so seriously injured that they are not expected to live. The remaining five members were sill entombed at a late hour. It is believed that these men are dead, as they were at least 2,000 feet below the surface when the explosion took place. Those who were buried in the mine are:
BURT GREENE.
CHARLES NICHOLAS.
CHARLES NICHOLS.
ARTHUR CRUMP.
WILLIAM ALLEN.
The rescued are WILLIAM JACOBS, GEORGE EASTMAN, MORREY DARBY and WILLIAM ROBINSON. The last three men were seriously injured. Search for the entombed men continues.
JAMES KAY of Charleston and HALE FORD, of Washington, D.C. are the principal owners of the mine.

The Atlanta Constitution Georgia 1905-04-21

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mine explosion at Kayford

I would appreciate knowing if anyone has any pictures of the men who experienced the explosion in 1905

My Grandfather William Robinson

One of the survivors of the mine explosion was my mothers father, William Robinson. As a child at Kayford I had heard it mentioned that he survived the explosion by finding a hole where there was fresh air he could breathe until he was rescued..Now I have this to share with family and friends. It is so important now that there is so much controversary about mountaintop removal. Kayford was a community to call 'home" and my dearest friends from Kayford and I still have wonderful times sharing lives. I am looking for info about the early floods.Was it timbering,mining, or something else.