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Two Miners Die in West Virginia Coal Mine Fire

A rescue team has located the bodies of two West Virginia coal miners missing since a mine fire broke out two days ago.

Officials announced the discovery of the bodies Saturday. The fire occurred Thursday at Aracoma Coal's Alma mine.

The search for the two miners was complicated by heat, smoke and poisonous gas generated by the fire. Authorities said the miners' bodies were found together near the part of the mine where the fire was burning.

The fire started late Thursday some 300 meters underground. Nineteen miners escaped.

This is the state's second major mining accident in three weeks. Twelve men died trapped underground at the Sago coal mine earlier this month in another part of the state. One man survived; he is still in the hospital.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.