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Mine Disasters in the United States


New River & Pocahontas Consolidated Coal Co.
Havaco Mine Explosion

Havaco, McDowell County, West Virginia
December 22, 1918
No. Killed 4

Pittsburgh Press News Article  (799 Kb)  PDF Format

See also: Havaco No. 9 Mine Explosion, Jan. 15, 1946

Rescuer Deaths

Two rescuers lost their lives following an explosion in the Havaco mine in McDowell County, West Virginia.  They were asphyxiated by blackdamp caused by the leaky masks they were wearing.  Two other miners were killed in the blast.

The deceased:
  • Farmer, John C., 34
  • Harrock, Martin, 35
  • Jones, Sam, 22
  • Paulich, Fred, 36




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