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TERRIBLE CALAMITY AT FRANK - SERIOUS MINE EXPLOSION. MANY KILLED. RIVER DAMMED UP WITH DEBRIS. DOCTORS AND NURSES RUSHING TO THE SCENE.
Cranbrook, B.C., April 28—About 4 a.m. a terrible explosion occurred at the mines at Frank, N.W.T., due to some volcanic disturbance or earthquake. The explosion was followed by a serious outbreak of flames, and whole rows of cottages, belonging to private families, have been destroyed. The debris of earth, rock and other matter thrown up, has entirely dammed up the river. It is said that between fifty and sixty men are imprisoned in the mines, and about 75 people killed. Doctors and nurses are being rushed through to aid the wounded and suffering from Macleod and Cranbrook. The wires are down east of Frank, and the railway line is reported to be covered for a mile and a half east from ten to fifty feet in depth.
At 2 o’clock this afternoon the wires are working, and P. Burns & Co. received the following dispatch from their representative;