The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 18, 2013

Belt line fire fought at Boone surface mine

An early-morning belt fire at Hobet surface mine in Boone County was put out by firefighters within a few hours Thursday, Boone Emergency Operations dispatchers reported.

The fire was reported to the EOC at 12:44 a.m. Crews from Madison, Danville and Morrisville fire departments extinguished the flames, clearing the site at 4:29 a.m,

No miners were injured, but it was reported that one firefighter was transported to a hospital for heat and exhaustion.

The fire is under investigation by the state Office of Miners’ Health Safety and Training.

— Jessica Farrish

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