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A statistical analysis of coal mine fire incidents in the United States from 1950 to 1977.
Minneapolis, MN: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 8830, 1980 Jan; :1-42
This federal Bureau of Mines publication is a statistical analysis of all surface and underground coal mine fires reported in the United States from 1950 to 1977. Accounts of selected nonreportable fires and opinion data gathered via interviews with mine safety directors were separately analyzed. Both reported and nonreportable fires were analyzed by time trends, state, ignition source, burning substance, location in mine, equipment, detection, duration, injuries, fatalities, and successful extinguishing agents. It was found that the majority of all mine fires were electrical in origin. The equipment most frequently involved in underground fires was conveyor belts, and in surface fires, it was crushers and/or breakers. Underground fires occurred most often near the working face. Water and hand-portable extinguishers were the most common method of extinguishment.
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Minneapolis, MN: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 8830
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