Fire Breaks Out in Mine A section of the Kansas state prison mine at Lansing was damaged by fire on March 30. Flames were discovered in a work shack sixty feet from the bottom of the main shaft. Chief Joseph Bowman and Fort Leavenworth firemen assisted the prison officers and inmates in fighting the fire. Air currents entering the mine were reversed to save the nineteen mules quartered in the mine. The greatest obstacle was the danger of falling slate. The heat and cold water caused large pieces of slate to break off.