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Smoke, fear of fire push rescuers from W.Va. mine

 

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Rescue teams trekked far enough into a ruined coal mine early this morning to see that no one had used a chamber where four missing miners could have sought refuge, further dimming hopes of anyone else surviving an explosion that killed 25. The teams encountered smoke and, fearing fire, had to turn back before they could check a second chamber — the last chance for the four miners' survival. It was the latest gutwrenching setback in a rescue effort that started with only the slimmest likelihood of finding anyone alive after Monday's blast, the worst U.S. mine disaster in two decades. It w...



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