June 15, 2011
A transformer fire burns at the Twentymile Coal Mine electrical substation Tuesday night. West Routt Fire Protection District firefighters knocked down the blaze in about 20 minutes.
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Mine officials are working to fix a blown transformer that caught fire Tuesday night and cut electricity to the mine. The mine is one of the most productive coal operations in the country, having produced 1.7 million tons of coal in the first quarter of 2011.
The Tuesday night fire is not considered suspicious, but it is believed to have caused roughly $500,000 in damage. It's not clear whether all mining operations at Twentymile have ceased as a result of the loss of electricity.