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Western Mine and Coal Company
Western No. 5 Mine Fire

Lehigh, Oklahoma
February 22, 1912
No. Killed - 9



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The fire was caused by a minerís open light accidentally igniting a body of car oil which was being warmed in a steam operated oil heater at the foot of the downcast hoisting shaft.  Of the 200 men in the mine at the time of the disaster, 190 reached the surface through two escapeways.  Nine were suffocated by the smoke and afterdamp from the fire and one man was rescued by the exploration party.



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