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Captain Kidd
2006-Jan-20, 11:52 AM
A fire broke out at the Aracoma Mine overnight. Two miners got seperated from others as they were exiting. It looks like the fire was on a belt drive and went out naturally. However, they're still looking for the two missing. [CNN (http://edition.cnn.com/2006/US/01/20/mine.fire/)]
The fire was reported Thursday night at the Aracoma Mine in Logan County, West Virginia. The crew of 12 was working in the mine when a monitor went off indicating a possible fire about 5:36 p.m. Thursday, Conaway said. The crew started out of the mine within minutes, encountering smoke on the way, he said. Two crew members somehow became separated from the others.

Nicolas
2006-Jan-20, 12:04 PM
The crew of 12 was working in the mine when a monitor went off indicating a possible fire about 5:36 p.m. Thursday, Conaway said. The crew started out of the mine within minutes, encountering smoke on the way, he said. Two crew members somehow became separated from the others.

The 10 crew members exited the mine about 7:30 p.m., he said.
What is meant with "started out of the mine", because I don't get the math here?

Captain Kidd
2006-Jan-20, 12:11 PM
Well, the fire site was 10,000 feet inside the mine. These mines can get huge. So they started out immediately upon the alarm, but it still took a couple hours to reach the exit.

another source (http://www.news14charlotte.com/content/top_stories/default.asp?ArID=111483):

There are six miles of tunnels in the section where the fire occurred, and the rescue teams must travel two miles from the mine entrance to reach that area, according to a map of the mine.

Nicolas
2006-Jan-20, 12:13 PM
ok so "started out" means "started getting out". Now I fully get it :).