5 NEWS UPDATE: Officials Locate Fire That Caused Mine Evacuation
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on March 14, 2013 @ 12:28PM
Created on March 14, 2013 @ 6:56PM
5 News Update (3/14):
Consol Energy officials have announced that they have found the fire that forced an evacuation of the Blacksville Number 2 Mine on Tuesday. Officials said they plan to extinguish and control that fire.
5 News Update (3/13):
Officials with Consol Energy have been able to determine what caused the smoke that forced the Blacksville Number 2 Mine to be evacuated Tuesday.
According to Lynn Seay, a spokesperson with Consol, officials were able to determine it was a fire.
Seay also mentioned that sometime Tuesday night they found high levels of CO and methane, which suggested their might be a fire.
125,000 gallons of water have been pumped into the mine to put the blaze out.
Operations at the mine have been canceled and there's no word on when they'll start again.
Orginial Story (3/12):
There were some scary moments on Tuesday afternoon at the Blacksville Number 2 Mine. Consol Energy officials evacuated the mine after detecting some smoke coming from an air shaft.
Smoke was seen coming from the Orndoff Shaft in Greene County, Pa. The mine is located on the Pennsylvania and West Virginia border.
According to Lynn Seay, a spokesperson with Consol, 121 miners were working and were safely evacuated during the incident.
Seay also mentioned that federal and state officials have been notified about the incident.
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