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83 dead persons have been removed from the mine
La Wallonie - Newspaper
16/08/1956 n° 190
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Article of 8 days after the disaster of the explosion of the “Bois du Cazier”.
Never had the mine claimed as many victims in exchange for the coal extracted from its bowels as on 8th August 1956 at the Bois du Cazier.
As a result of human error, a fire rapidly spread to the whole mine. A total of 262 men, of 12 different nationalities (including 136 Italians and 95 Belgians) lost their lives, leaving hundreds of widows and orphans. This resulted in an end to Italian immigration into Belgium and stricter regulations on safety at work.
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