The Washington Penna, Daily Reporter Saturday, October 14, 1905 CLYDE MINE IS STILL ABLAZE Fate of the Six Entombed Men Is Not Known—Smoke and Bad Air RESCUE WORK CONTINUES Special to the Reporter. Brownsville, Pa., Oct. 14.—The fire in the Clyde mine at Fredericktown is still burning furiously. Whether any of the six entombed men survive is not known. Rescue parties worked in short shifts throughout the night. The smoke is dense and the air bad. The entombed men are 1,500 feet back in the mine. All efforts are making to brattice off the burning portion and cut a way around to reach the men. Fredericktown, Oct. 14,--The coal mine at this place operated by the Clyde Coal company, is on fire and back in the mine fully half a mile six men are imprisoned by the flames that are raging between them and liberty. Rescue parties are exhausting every effort to reach the entombed men, but only a slight hope is held out to the friends of the imprisoned men that they will be found living should the rescuers succeed in reaching them. It is the general opinion that the six men are already dead. The entombed men are: George Kelly, driver, married. Homer Harvey, driver, married. Richard March, miner, married. Richard Moffy, miner, married. Ponal Lorenzo, miner, married. Cesto Benardini, miner, single. The fire started Friday afternoon at 1:30 and although the origin is not definitely known, it is believed to have started from a short circuited electric wire setting fire to a brattice cloth which is placed in the entries throughout the mine to change the air currents. The fire was soon discovered and a general alarm was at once given. At the time there were between 150 and 200 men in the mine but with the exception of the six entombed miners all were brought to the surface without serious injury. Six Men Missing. When the men were mustered at the mouth of the mine it was then discovered that six were missing and the pit boss bethought himself of six men who were at work to a room in the furthermost part of the mine, fully a half mile from the shaft. It was too late to give them warning but hardy miners willingly exposed themselves in attempting to save their comrades. Several of them attempted to get back through the entry, but were driven back by the deadly gases, which had already generated and as a portion of the entry where the fire had originated was a seething furnace. By lying flat keeping his head close to the bottom of the entry one of the rescuers gave George Kelly the warning as he was bringing a car toward the pit entrance. When given the warning he stated he would bring his horse with him but by the time he had unhitched the animal the only means of escape was cut off and it is feared Kelly also met the horrible fate of his companions because of his affection for a faithful brute with which he had worked for weeks. Two Men Injured. As soon as it was learned that the six men were entombed steps were taken toward supplying them with pure air, if possible, until a rescue party would be enabled to reach them. The large fan above ground, used in force air into the mine, was reversed and used to draw the smoke out of the mine, as deadly gases were generating and a portion of the mine was rapidly becoming a veritable hell. Two men were operating the fan and looking after the machinery at the powerhouse and in attempting to enter the fan house were badly burned by an explosion. They were: Robert Virgin, Millsboro, digger, badly burned about the face and abdomen, will die. L.D. Wood, Millsboro, married, burned about the face and back, will recover. About 4 o’clock in the afternoon something went wrong with the fan and the two men opened the door to the fan room to adjust it, one of them carrying a torch. The room was filled with the smoke and sulphurous gases, which were being drawn out of the mine, and no sooner had the man with the torch entered than a terrific explosion occurred, caused by the gases being ignited. The two were hurled across the room by the explosion and soon the whole interior was a mass of flames and before the miners could escape they sustained severe burns. Others came to their rescue and soon the fire was extinguished, but the fan was wrecked.