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Camera finds smoke, not fire in Pa.-W.Va. mine

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 15, 2013 at 8:13 am •  Published: March 15, 2013
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PINE BANK, Pa. (AP) — A Consol Energy spokeswoman says a camera lowered into an underground mine along the West Virginia-Pennsylvania border detected light smoke but no images of fire as crews continued drilling bore holes that will be used to douse the blaze.

Smoke began pouring from a shaft opening at the Blacksville No. 2 mine in Wayne Township, Greene County, Pa., on Tuesday. More than 120 day-shift workers got out safely, and Consol says no workers will return until the mine is safe.

Consol spokeswoman Lynn Seay says a pump and water line were to be installed Friday. More than 800,000 gallons of water have been dumped into the mine so far.

Officials with the federal Mine Safety Health Administration, the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training, and the United Mine Workers union are also assisting.