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3 miners rescued from mine after fire

NEW MARKET | A fire broke out inside a zinc mine in Tennessee on Wednesday, trapping three miners inside for about three hours before they were rescued, authorities said. Two other miners below ground were injured by smoke inhalation.

The three miners were trapped by smoke and needed respirators before they could leave the mine. A rescue team helped them out and they appeared unharmed, though they were taken to a hospital as a precaution, said Tim Wilder of the Jefferson County EMA.

“They looked about as good as expected for being underground for three hours,” he said.

Mr. Wilder said the miners had been in contact with authorities but couldn’t leave because the smoke was so thick. “It’s the ending you hope for,” he said.

Renata Roberts, a spokeswoman for Switzerland-based mine operator Nyrstar, said the three rescued miners were “in fine spirits.”

“We are working with mine safety officials and others to make sure it’s safe to resume operations. We are undertaking a full investigation,” she said.

There were 54 miners underground at the time of the fire, said Amy Louviere, a spokeswoman with the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

It was not clear yet how the fire started on a drill rig about 800 feet below ground around 1:10 p.m.


Oklahoma baby is third sickened by rare bacteria

ATLANTA | An Oklahoma baby is the third infant this month sickened by a rare type of bacteria sometimes associated with tainted powdered infant formula.

The child, from Tulsa County, was infected with Cronobacter sakazakii but fully recovered, health officials said Wednesday. An Illinois child also rebounded after being sickened by the bacteria. A Missouri infant who was 10 days old died.

The Missouri child, Avery Cornett, had consumed Enfamil Newborn powdered infant formula made by Illinois-based Mead Johnson. Powdered formula has been suspected in illnesses caused by the bacteria in years past.

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