Consol believes it has put out mine fire on Pa-WVa border

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Consol Energy said it believes it has extinguished the underground mine fire along the Pennsylvania -West Virginia border that it has been battling for 10 days.

The fire it its Blacksville No. 2 mine was discovered March 12.

According to a Consol release this afternoon, the company has completed development of a mine reentry plan. That plan is under review by the Mine Safety and Health Administration and state and United Mineworkers union officials.

Lynn Seay, a Consol spokeswoman, said the company is "confident" the fire is out, based on its monitoring of gases in the mine.

As a precaution, it will continue to monitor the mine atmosphere over the weekend to determine when it is safe to reenter the mine.

The fire has idled 650 workers since it was discovered.

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