Irv Mitchell not going back to work

Blast Probe Starts 10 Men Injured Pass Towns Mourn – (15 MINERS DIE in 1967 mining explosion) The Free Press Turns 115 years Old

Blast Probe Starts 10 Men Injured Pass Towns Mourn - (15 MINERS DIE in 1967 mining explosion) The Free Press Turns 115 years Old

  • Dec. 30, 2012 12:00 p.m.

April 6 1967

Free Press Files

Department of Mines investigators are in their third day of trying to piece together the reasons for the explosion which Monday at about 4 p.m. ripped through the Michel Colliery’s Balmer North Mine, killing 15 men and injuring 10 others.

Within half an hour of the blast which sent a dense cloud of black smoke, dust and heat from the twin portals of the mine entrance, 12 men where known to have died instantly.

The cloud shot across the valley for a quarter mile.

The 13th miner, Walker Parker, 27 of Fernie died some hours later in Michel Hospital.

Missing until 6:30 a.m. Tuesday were Fuy Venzi 58, of Sparwood and Delfie Quarrin, 37, of Natal. Their scorched bodies, covered in mud and coal were brought from the mine just after dawn broke on the weary mine rescue teams and volunteers who had worked through the night in the futile rescue attempt.

Killed were

Ronald Freng, 31,

Walter Gibalski, 53,

Willie De Lorme 19

Guildo Venzi 58

August (Archie) Wotjula 42

William Cytko, 41

Sam Tolley, 53

Delfir Quarrin 37

Anthony Cepelianskes, 64

Eugene Lucky, 27

Eric Lutzke, 38

Mike Bryan, 64

John Brenner, 46

Walter Parker, 27

Hugh Hopley, 24

 

Injured were

Larry Savilo

Robert Brown

Gerry Clark

Earl Price

Art Parsons

Herb Parsons

Bill Corrigan

Robert Clegg

Pete Rotella

Irv Mitchell

For more great stories that ran in The Free Press in the past 115 years http://issuu.com/thefreepress/docs/115_the_free_press/1

Just Posted

The Free Press editor wins awards

Editor Phil McLachlan has been recognized at the 2018 Canadian Community Newspaper Awards.

UPDATE: New lead narrows the search for Serval cat

UPDATE, July 17: A new lead has narrowed the search for Aquila… Continue reading

East Kootenay Open this weekend

Fernie tennis players are warming up for the biggest tournament east of the Okanagan.

Community spirit shines at centennial

Hundreds have helped mark Fernie Golf Club’s 100th anniversary

SAR rescues injured dog after fall

A rope technician was able to reach the dog after being lowered nearly 90 metres down the cliffs.

Trudeau asks transport minister to tackle Greyhound’s western pullout

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s asked Transport Minister Marc Garneau to find solutions in Greyhound Canada’s absence.

Hub for mental health and addictions treatment opens at B.C. hospital

St. Paul’s Hospital HUB is an acute medical unit that includes 10 patient beds

Restaurant Brands International to review policy over poaching employees

One of Canada’s largest fast-food company to review ‘no-poach’ franchise agreements

Calgary family’s vacation ends in tragedy on Texas highway

Three people died and four others were injured in the crash

Union construction cost competitive, B.C. Building Trades say

Non-union firms can bid on infrastructure, but employees have to join international unions

Trudeau to shuffle cabinet ahead of Liberals’ team for 2019

Trudeau could lighten the work loads of cabinet ministers who currently oversee more than one portfolio

Car calls 911 on possible impaired B.C. driver

A luxury car automatically calls Princeton police to scene of crash involving alcohol

BC Games marks 40 years in 2018

Cowichan Games a milestone for BC Games Society

VIDEO: Life’s a beach at this B.C. sand sculpting contest

More than $50,000 was up for grabs at the annual contest held in Parksville

Most Read