facebook
twitter
search
search

'Uncontrolled' fire burns at Indian mine

June 29, 2012 at 1:23 AM

KOLKATA, India, June 29 (UPI) -- A fire was still burning Friday at a coal mine in India, and a security guard at the mine was feared dead, authorities said.

The blaze at the Belbundh mine in West Bengal was reported Wednesday, the Press Trust of India reported.

District Magistrate O.S. Meena, who visited the area, described the fire as "very violent and uncontrolled." He said the blaze appeared to be restricted to the area and there was no danger to villages less than a mile away.

Subhas Gour, a 45-year-old security guard, visited the mine with its general manager, R.R. Sharma late Thursday night, officials said. Sharma said he and another security guard were able to run to safety when a piece of heavy equipment fell as the earth collapsed beneath it.

Meena said earth was being used to block entrances to the mine in an effort to starve the fire of oxygen.

Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Hyon Yong Chol disparaged Kim Jong Un prior to execution, analyst says
Officials debate 'when to suspend' search for missing Florida boys
Jon Stewart, Obama held secret meetings at White House
In Khamenei Tweet, man resembling Obama holds gun to head
Napa Valley fire reignites, hundreds more evacuated