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Mine Disasters in the United States


Henry Brothers Coal and Coke Company
Echo Mine Explosion

Buery, Fayette County, West Virginia
March 31, 1909
No Killed 6



Four Killed in Mine Explosion
La Crosse Tribune, Wisconsin
April 1, 1909

Charleston, W. Va., April 1. -- Four men were killed and two others seriously injured in an explosion in the Echo mine of the Henry Brothers Coal and Coke Company, at Henry, Fayette County, last evening.

Injured:
  • George D. Lynch and his son
The dead:
  • Sam Melhorn
  • Andy Melhorn
  • Charles Jones
  • John Broomfield
Only from 12 to 15 men were in the mine at the time of the explosion which only affected a single entry, allowing those in other sections to escape unharmed.

The explosion is believed to have been caused by gas coming from an abandoned part.



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