|Boyd Brothers Coal Company, Tarentum,
See: Boyd Mine, Lower Burrell Twp., Westmoreland Co., PA
Boyd Mine (ca.1905-1916 ? ),
Valley Camp, New Kensington, Lower Burrell Twp., Westmoreland
Valley Camp Coal Company, Cleveland, OH & Parnassus
(New Kensington), PA
Valley Camp Mine
Valley Camp No. 1 Mine (ca.1898-
Valley Camp No. 3 Mine (ca.1921-
|New Kensington, Pennsylvania
February 25, 1913
RUSHING MINE RESCUE MEN TO SCENE OF EXPLOSION
Feared Miners May be Trapped Behind Wall of Flame in Mine Near New Kensington.
United Press Telegram.
NEW KENSINGTON, Pa., Feb. 26, 1913
A terrific explosion occurred yesterday, in which two are known to have been fatally injured, and two others hurt less seriously. Whether any men are confined in the workings is not known.
A rescue party which entered the mine last night narrowly
escaped death, when a second explosion occurred. The injured men are: H.
G. KINLOCK and JOHN O'BRIAN, who were fatally injured; DANIEL SHARP, who
inhaled fire and smoke and JOHN OCHURER [unsure of last name], burned about
the face and hands.
MINERS IN PERIL
Explosion in Villa Coal Mine Trapped Four of Them.
New Kensington, Pa., Feb. 26, 1913
Kinlock Mine Disaster: February 20,
From the U. S. Bureau of Mines Report:
At 9:30 p.m., when 19 men were in the Kinlock Mine and 3 in the Valley Camp No. 1 Mine, an explosion originated in a room and spread over much of the Kinlock Mine and a short distance into the Valley Camp No. 1 Mine. Two men were killed in the Kinlock Mine and 9 excaped. Two escaped from the Valley Camp No. 1 Mine, and 1 was rescued by a gas-mask crew, furnishing him with a self-rescurer and directing him up the shaft through the air return. Five men entered the Boyd Mine about 5 a.m., not knowing about the explosion; 2 of the men were killed by afterdamp, and 1 was overcome but was picked up by either the other 2 who were going back after encountering afterdamp.
Gas accumulated in a room because of an open door or other
interruption to ventilation. No examination was made for gas before
a machine crew went in the mine, igniting the gas by nipping to move the
mining machine. Coal dust was ignited. Rock dust placed on the
haulage roads more than a year before was ineffective. Rescue men were
called, and it was found necessary to rearrange the ventilation to put the
main slope in return air. The mine was heavily damaged, and it was
the morning of February 23, when the last of the bodies was removed.
Five Miners Dead, Seven are Missing After Explosion
New Kensington, PA, Feb. 21, 1928
The bodies of five explosion victims in the Kinl,ock and Boyd Mines of the Valley Camp Coal Company near here, were recoved at noon today.
Seven other miners still were missing.
Three of the bodies were recovered from the Kinlock mine where the explosion occurred at 9:30 o'clock last night and the tother two were taken from the workings of the Boyd mine several miles from the scene of the explosion. The latter two were kiled by black damp.
Five men were known to have excaped injury when the blast rocked the Kinlock mine and five more were able to get to the surface when the gas swept into the Boyd Slopes through a connecting mine.
Smoke Cloud Hinders
New Kensington, Pa, Feb. 21, 1928
With two bodies located, five rescue squads fought their way through smoke and gas in the Kinloick No. 1 Mine of the Valley Camp Coal Company at Parnassus near here today in an effort to find nine other reported explosion victims.
The explosion occurred at (:30 o'clock last night, but it was hours before the first crew of rescuers could enter the mine because of the dense cloud of smoke which rolled off from the entrance. They reported seeing the disfigured bodies of two miners about a mile and a half from the mine entrance.
Officers of the Valley Camp Company were unable to say whether any of the eleven men reported still in the workings would have been able to reach places of refuge in the hopes of being rescued. The exact working location of the men could not be ascertained.
Time after time rescuers were driven from the slope entrance by smoke and gas as they tried to enter the workings.
(from the "Stevens Point Daily Journal," Stevens Point, WI, Feb. 21, 1928.)
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