1949 – Kittoe Mine Fire

Fourteen miners were trapped 168 feet underground in smoke, debris and knee-deep water for seven hours when a fire broke out in the engine room at the Kittoe lead and zinc Mine near Benton, Wis. The fire was contained in four hours, but the trapped miners were only brought to the surface in an improvised lift in the late afternoon. The miners kept warm by snuggling up to their two mules, Kate and Mag. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal, Feb. 28, 1949]