A Plan to Fight Mine Fires.
A. B. Salmon, assistant chief of the St. Louis Fire Department, believes that mine horrors are to a certain extent due to lack of proper fire protection. Discussing the Cherry, Ill., mint disaster he said:
“If mine owners would place a 3-inch pipe leading from a water tank ten or fifteen feet above the ground, and with a capacity of about 15,000 gallons of water, kept filled all the time, down into the mine shaft, with shut-off valves and hose attachments, such a disaster as at Cherry, would be averted, many lives would be saved and the breaking of many hearts and homes avoided. The hose can be utilized to advantage in many different ways; not only in all the rooms or ‘dugouts,’ but to convey water to the men and mules. A spray nozzle could be used to keep the walls and floors or rooms damp, which will purify the air by killing a great deal of the gas. Straight nozzles would be used for direct work of extinguishing fires. The water coming direct from a 2-inch line with a drop of 300 or 400 feet from the water tank, a little above the ground level with 15,000 gallons of water available, would prevent such a disaster as tlfe one at Cherry. Competent men should be placed in charge of the system to see that it is not neglected. If this caution is taken I am willing to wager there will be no more mine disasters if the persons in charge of the plant perform the duties assigned to them.’