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Fireman treated after fighting Boone mine fire

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    As Appalachian coal production continues its drastic decline, West Virginia’s coal-producing counties are  not only losing people as lifelong residents are forced to flee their homes in order to find work, but in many cases, they’re also relinquishing millions of dollars from their budgets.

    As Appalachian coal production continues its drastic decline, West Virginia’s coal-producing counties are  not only losing people as lifelong residents are forced to flee their homes in order to find work, but in many cases, they’re also relinquishing millions of dollars from their budgets.

A firemen sustained a minor injury, but no one else was hurt when a belt caught on fire at a Boone County surface mine early this morning.

U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration Spokeswoman Amy Louviere said no miners were injured and fire had been extinguished. 

Crews from three fire departments responded to Patriot Coal's Hobet Mine. Crews responded at around 1 a.m. Thursday morning. 

Leslie Fitzwater, spokeswoman for the West Virginia Office of Miners Health, Safety and Training, said there was a fire on an overland belt. Miners were not injured, but one firefighter was taken to the hospital to be treated for heat and exhaustion. 

 

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