Coal Breaker Razed by Flames

Issue 11 and Volume 85.

Coal Breaker Razed by Flames Ten days before it was scheduled to be opened, a breaker of the Glen Alden Coal Company outside of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., was destroyed during a night fire, caused damages of about $500,000, and dashed the hopes of 2,000 miners who had expected to resume work on November 1. Since May, the breaker was being re-equipped to handle the output of three mines. The fire was the most devastating in Wyoming Valley during the past decade. Flames were first noticed at 4:35 p.m., in the upper part of the structure and an alarm was turned in at once. A stiff breeze was blowing. When Chief Flannery, of WilkesBarre, who responded on the first alarm, saw the extent of the blaze he turned in a general alarm. Firemen soaked the powder houses for a half hour before directing their work to extinguish the breaker fire. Employees of…

Subscribe to unlock this content

Subscribe Now