• Short Summary

    Underground fire traps 260 miners in the 'Bitter Heart' colliery at Marcinelle.

  • Description

    Marcinelle, Belgium.

    At the Bitter Heart Mine in Marcinelle, Belgium, an underground fire has trapped 260 miners. SV. Smoke pouring out near base of mine. Angle shot: top of mine shaft, showing the big wheels and smoke going up into the sky. SV. Pit head. Showing idle trucks and smoke pouring about with firemen playing water. SV. Crowds of civilians outside fence waiting for news. SV. A bucket-lift comes up from the mine with men in it and they lift body out covered with a blanket. SV. Soldiers carrying stretchers towards pit. SV. The bucket, with another body being lifted out wrapped in a blanket. SV. Stretcher bearers walking by with body covered by blanket and being taken away. SV. Guards at the gates, while people look through railings anxiously. SV. Towards, rescue workers making their way towards pit with gas masks and steel helmets on. SV. Rescue workers going down steps towards pit. SV. Pan, stretcher being carried with body on it, covered by blanket after being brought up. SCU. & Past, stretcher bearers, this time with a man alive. His head can be seen. SCU. Going away. Different man on stretcher trying to sit-up, being carried towards ambulance. SV. Man being taken towards back of ambulance to be put in. SV. Another alive man on stretcher past camera. SV. Crowds waiting outside the gates, anxiously awaiting news, guards outside gates.

    (F.G.) (Orig.E.)

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:42:05:00 / 01:43:22:00

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment