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Fire in U.S. Zinc mine traps three miners, injures 2: report

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10:36, December 29, 2011

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- A fire in a zinc mine in the U. S. state of Tennessee trapped three miners and injured at least two others on Wednesday, the AP reported, quoting local authorities.

It was not clear yet how the fire started midday Wednesday, said Sammy Solomon, captain of the New Market Volunteer Fire and Rescue in Jefferson County. He said that some miners have escaped unharmed.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said that the fire started around 1:10 p.m. eastern time.

Solomon noted that the fire on a drill rig was about 800 feet deep, adding that he believed rescuers would be able to reach the trapped miners soon.

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