• Short Summary

    Grime-covered and worn-out, rescue workers left Auchengeich Colliery, Chryston, Scotland, Sept 19, as lorries brought in sandbags to dam the head of the burning pit which was flooded after all hope to save 47 miners, trapped by fire 1,000 feet underground, had to be abandoned.

  • Description

    Grime-covered and worn-out, rescue workers left Auchengeich Colliery, Chryston, Scotland, Sept 19, as lorries brought in sandbags to dam the head of the burning pit which was flooded after all hope to save 47 miners, trapped by fire 1,000 feet underground, had to be abandoned.

    Lethal carbon monoxide, caused by the flames, was detected. Clouds of foul-smelling smoke belched from the pit shaft over a wide area. The decision to flood the burning pit was taken to avoid risk of further loss of life.

    Earlier, a Coal Board official announced that fire fighters were making headway. But then smoke and "white damp" drove the rescuers back.

    Fifty men, who were fortunate enough to return to the surface in time after noticing smoke at the pit bottom, escaped the tragedy.

    Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has asked the chairman of the National coal Board to convey her heartfelt sympathy to the relatives of the victims of this worst disaster in a Scottish mine since 1889.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7OZV8UO85NJVKTCI8XE0CE689
    Media URN:
    VLVA7OZV8UO85NJVKTCI8XE0CE689
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/09/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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