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Miners Die in Underground Blast
June 11, 2008   
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Four miners died and 23 were injured in a methane blast at the Borynia mine in Jastrzębie Zdrój in the south of Poland on the night of June 4. Nineteen of the injured were admitted to hospital. Three of them, in a serious condition, received treatment at the Burn Treatment Center in Siemianowice ¦l±skie. The other 16, with burns, cuts and fractures, were admitted to the Province Specialist Hospital in Jastrzębie Zdrój.

The blast occurred some 900 meters underground as 32 miners were carrying out repair and maintenance work in the area. After the explosion, most of them managed to return to the surface on their own. The others were moved out of the area after a several-hour rescue effort involving 11 rescue teams.

The cause of the blast remains unknown. Methane meters indicated safe levels before and immediately after the blast.

On Jan. 13, two miners died in a fire and methane blast in the Mysłowice-Wesoła mine in southern Poland. Last year, a total of 15 miners died in Polish hard coal mines.
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