§ Colonel LANE FOX
I regret to inform the House that an explosion occurred in this pit last night in which, according to my information, the lives of four men have been lost. Three of the bodies have been recovered but a fire which is raging prevents further exploration for the recovery of the body of the fourth man who was killed. Operations are now in progress to seal the fire off. The Divisional Inspector 2304 left Newcastle immediately for the scene of the explosion and the Deputy Chief Inspector of Mines left London this morning to watch over the safety of these operations.