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Three Miners Rescued From Tennessee Mine After Fire

Three miners trapped by smoke underground in a Tennessee zinc mine have been rescued after a fire started on a drill rig.

Tim Wilder, of the Jefferson County EMA, said the three were helped out of the mine by a rescue team after about three hours underground Wednesday. They appear to be unharmed but are being taken to a hospital.

Nyrstar, the company that operates the mine, says the miners were in "fine spirits."

Two other miners were also taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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Officials say three miners that are trapped underground in Tennessee after a fire have made it to a safe area and rescuers are on their way to help them.

Tim Wilder of the Jefferson County EMA says the fire in the zinc mine is smoking, but not burning. Amy Louviere, a spokeswoman with the Mine Safety and Health Administration, said the miners are in good condition and they are not in the smoke.

She said 54 miners were underground at the time of the fire and 51 made it out safely.

Two miners were taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

The three trapped miners made contact with the surface about an hour after the fire started.

The mine is operated by the company Nyrstar.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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