Wednesday 6th January 1937 gave the miners a real scare at Blantyreferme Colliery 3. Whilst 3oo miners dashed to the safety of the surface after firedamp had been discovered in the colliery, one man failed to respond to the alarm signal and was tragically suffocated. He was James Brown, of Bargeddie, who left a wife and one child.
Coatbridge rescue brigade descended into the mine and found Brown’s body. Work in No. 3 pit in the colliery was suspended.