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Gentleman's Magazine 1747 p.246

  coal mine fire

Coal Mine Fire, Whitehaven

Whitehaven, in Cumberland. One of the coalpits belonging to Sir James Lowther near this place, being set on fire by the carelessness of a boy, it burnt with great fury, and communicating itself to 6 pits, was become a very shocking scene, prodigious quantites of smoak, earth, pieces of timber, and materials used in the work, being continually thrown out, with an inconceivable noise, and shaking of the earth, so that the inhabitants were in fear for their houses.
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