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The deadly underground inferno that led to the creation of mine rescue teams

from Timmins Today

This year marks the 90th anniversary of mine rescue in Ontario, an essential service which was established in 1929 after the horrendous Hollinger Disaster on Feb. 10, 1928. A fire had started in an unused stope and 51 miners were trapped underground. The mine had no firefighting equipment on hand because they never imagined a fire could start in such a damp environment, and there were no mine rescue crews in Canada. As a result, supplies and trained rescue personnel had to come from the coal mines in Pennsylvania. They were able to save 12 lives, but the remaining 39 miners were lost. more

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