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Originally published in the Tacoma News Tribune, ca. 1972-73

By Noelle Fingerson, News Tribune correspondent

BLACK DIAMOND — As one approaches the denuded area, small wispy puffs of smoke can be seen drifting skyward from the porous ground. Noticeably absent from the scene, however, are the charcoaled tree trunks usually associated with forest fires. This was the scene of a fire all right but not the kind with which Washingtonians are familiar. (more…)

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Originally published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, November 11, 1901

Distressing accident at the Pacific Coast Company’s works — Jacob Rose is supposed to have lost his life

Mine No. 7 produced coal until 1907 when it was shut down and the rails taken up. During the early years of World War II, the mine was re-opened by Pacific Coast Coal Co. and later operated by the Strain Coal Co.

Mine No. 7 produced coal until 1907 when it was shut down and the rails taken up. During the early years of World War II, the mine was re-opened by Pacific Coast Coal Co. and later operated by the Strain Coal Co.

Flames were discovered in Mine No. 7 of the Pacific Coast Co., at Franklin at 4 o’clock yesterday morning. The miners at work, with the exception of one man, fled to safety.

Jacob Rose, the unfortunate miner, is thought to have run in the wrong direction, and if he did, the mine officials say he must be dead.

Rose is unmarried and has worked in the mine for the past five or six years. He had the reputation of being an industrious workman.

Where the fire started

The fire started in the fourth breast of the eight level of the mine about 4 o’clock yesterday morning. A canvas stretched across the breast became ignited in some inconceivable way and soon the flames spread to the timbers in the tunnel, and to the loose coal strewn about. (more…)

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