April 4, 1887; Old Savanna No. 2 Mine, Savanna, Okla.; 18 Killed --from Adventures in the Mines, by T.T. O'MALLEY, 1891, pp. 251-253.
The explosion killed 6 miners, and 12 of their comrades lost their lives in attempting to rescue the bodies through chokedamp. The torrent of flames forced from the mouth of the slope was over 100 feet in length. * * * It was followed by a fearful concussion. The engine house, over a 100 feet long and 2 stories high, was blown into splinters and in a few minutes it was enveloped in flames. . .
KILLED IN EXPLOSION:
SUFFOCATED IN RESCUE EFFORTS:
Excerpted from "FATALITIES IN THE COAL MINES OF INDIAN TERRITORY AND SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA 1885-1962" - Thurman SHULLER, M.D., published by the Pittsburg County Genealogical and Historical Society (Pittsburg Co., Oklahoma) in 1990 and copyrighted in 1990.
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