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PIT EXPLOSION.

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PIT EXPLOSION. DRIFT WRECKED. 5 Killed: 7 Injured, A eerious explosion occurred on Tuesday a.t the Whalliam Pit, Whitehaven, resulting, it is feared, in the death of five men and injuries to seven others. The explosion took place in a stone drift a great distance away from the shaft, and set fire to the drift. There were eleven men in the drift at the time of the explosion, which took place about one o'clock, while the first shift of ooal- hewere, as well as most of the ariftfimen, tWere preparing to leave work. It had a terrible effect, wrecking part of the drift, overturning tabs, and filling the drifts and adjoining ways with dense fumes, which rendered the work of reecne difficult. There were, however, plenty of volunteers, and soon several injured men were brought to the surface. At half-past five two dead bodies, those of William Vincent Fitzsimmons, aged 21, eirgle, of Branstyn. and Joseph Kennedy, single, of Whitehaven, were brought to the surface. Three other men-Alfred Burns, married, of Branstyn; William Hanbon, married, of Whitehaven; and James Rowe, married, of Whitebaven-are missing, and it is feared they have also perished. The bodies of Fitzsimmons and Kennedy were found about ZOO yards from the seat of the explosion, while Hanbon, Burns, and Bowe were much further in. Of the seven injured men, two were tz)AL-em to the infirmary. The fire, it is stated, has been out off. A telegnam to-day states that the bodies of three of the five men killed have not yet been recovered.

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