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Originally published in The Seattle Daily Times, August 29, 1918

Three injured and 24 children made fatherless by disaster at Burnett

These photographs were taken of scenes at the Pacific Coast Coal Company’s mine at Burnett, Wash., last night immediately after the explosion in the mine in which twlve men were killed. No. 1—Scene at the entrance of the mine shows the crowd awaiting the arrival of rescue parties from the shaft with bodies of the victims. No. 2 is a scene below the mine entrance showing anxious relatives awaiting identification of the dead. The building at left housed the injured, who were later removed to Tacoma, while the bodies of the men killed were placed in the smaller building at the right. No. 3 is a photograph of one of the rescue parties, made up of Burnett miners after their work was completed last night.

These photographs were taken of scenes at the Pacific Coast Coal Company’s mine at Burnett, Wash., last night immediately after the explosion in the mine in which twlve men were killed. No. 1—Scene at the entrance of the mine shows the crowd awaiting the arrival of rescue parties from the shaft with bodies of the victims. No. 2 is a scene below the mine entrance showing anxious relatives awaiting identification of the dead. The building at left housed the injured, who were later removed to Tacoma, while the bodies of the men killed were placed in the smaller building at the right. No. 3 is a photograph of one of the rescue parties, made up of Burnett miners after their work was completed last night.

BURNETT, Thursday, Aug. 29—Twelve men were killed and three others seriously injured in an explosion in the mine of the Pacific Coast Coal Company here yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock. The disaster occurred in the third level south, at a depth of about 1,000 feet, and the cause is undetermined. All the dead and injured have been removed from the mine. The dead are:

Thomas Johnson, fire boss
Claudius Tomaczat
Jacob Sippola
Mike Sladoje
Elic Tait
Gus Fleisher
Charles Makkela
Otto Makkela
Tom Flemming
Reese Jenkins
Dan Reese
George Marich

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