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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Mine Blast Kills Three

DONETSK, Ukraine () -- Three coal miners were killed in a methane gas explosion and two members of a rescue team died in an attempt to save them, news agencies reported Sunday.


Interfax said the three miners were working on a water pump when the methane exploded at mid-day Saturday. "Two members of a rescue unit died while carrying out a rescue attempt," it said. Itar-Tass said the two rescue team members died of exposure to extreme heat following the explosion.


It said other rescuers will not be able to recover the bodies of the three miners until Monday when the heat dissipates.