Mining disaster of Marcinelle, Belgium

Marcinelle : a tragedy that we can not forget

On the morning of 8th August 1956, a fire in the mines of Marcinelle caused the death of 262 workers.  At the time of the incident, 274 people were working in the colliery Bois du Cazier, also known as Puits Saint-Charles.

A fire at one of the shafts of the coal mine of the Bois du Cazier, caused the deaths of 262 people from twelve different nationalities, mainly Italian, 136 victims, then Belgian, 95, was a chilling tragedy, the miners were left with no way escape, suffocated by gas fumes.

The old mine became a memorial dedicated to Italian immigration in Belgium : a museum “Le Bois du cazier” is dedicated at the tragedy.


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