Lafayette City, PA Washington Coal Mine Explosion, Jul 1896

FIREDAMP EXPLOSION

Two Miners Killed and Three Others Missing at Monongahela.

Monongahela, Pa., July 1.--An explosions of gas in the Washington coal mine at Lafayette City, killed Mike Barbaras and Louie Deriste, two Italians.

Three others who went into the mine at the same time are missing and are believed to be buried under the debris. Their names are not known.

The mine has been closed for some time and the men were given permission to enter for their tools. It is supposed their lamps ignited the gas.

Hornellsville Weekly Tribune, Hornellsville, NY 3 July 1896

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