Dunbar, PA Colvin Mine Fire, Oct 1884
The Colvin mine at Dunbar, Pa., was discovered on fire Oct. 26. The entrance was closed by earth and rocks in hopes to smother out the flames. Old miners say it will have to be flooded, a plan which is very expensive and at present will be nearly impossible because of the drouth. [sic] The origin of the fire is a mystery. It is surmised it might have caught from smoldering flames in old abandoned workings adjoining. Smoke is issuing from the gangway of the Anchor mines adjoining, and it is feared they are also on fire. The Colvin works include sixty acres and eighty coke ovens. Anchor one hundred ovens and a large tract of coal.
Grand Traverse Herald, Traverse City, MI 30 Oct 1884