united states mine rescue association
Mine Disasters in
the United States
Buffalo Mining Company
No. 8-B Mine Fire
Saunders, West Virginia
December 12, 1968
No. Killed – 3
A fire occurred at a belt-conveyor that was installed at a point about 80 feet outby survey station spad No. 323 in No. 4 entry, No. 1 section, 8-B JR portal of the 8-B Mine.
The fire was initiated when a short circuit occurred at a temporary splice in the power cable to the belt feeder.
Hydraulic oil, preheated, and escaping under pressure from ruptured hoses, and other combustible materials were ignited as a result of the electric arcing.
Nine men were underground, six escaped unharmed but the other three were overcome with smoke and fumes inby the fire area.