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Consol inspects Pa.-W. Va. Mine following fire

PINE BANK, Pa. (AP) -- Consol Energy Inc. workers have completed an inspection of a coal mine straddling the Pennsylvania-West Virginia line following an underground fire that burned for days.

The Blacksville No. 2 mine was evacuated after smoke began pouring from a shaft in Wayne Township, Pa. on March 12. Workers spent days drilling boreholes so cameras could search for the fire and water could be pumped into the mine to extinguish it.

The fire was extinguished March 21 and Consol has since attempted to assess the damage and what needs to be done for the longwall operation to begin producing coal again. The company says Wednesday's inspection found no significant safety issues, as crews continued to seal off the damaged area.

It remains unclear when some 500 workers will resume mining.