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Katherine Coal Company
Katherine No. 4 Mine Explosion

Shinnston, West Virginia
March 25, 1944
No. Killed - 16

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Firefighting crews were formed after all miners were withdrawn from the Katherine No. 4 mine to fight a fire discovered there at 11:00 p.m.  A subsequent explosion of methane and coal dust occurred, killing everyone in the mine at the time.  Buildings were rocked and windows were shattered in homes two miles away.

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