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Turkish Mine Rescue Hampered by Fire, Toll at 274

Turkish rescue workers battled flames and methane gas to try to save miners still trapped underground after a fire in a coal shaft that has emerged as the country’s worst mining disaster.

Energy Minister Taner Yildiz put the latest death toll at the mine in the western town of Soma at 274, in a statement late yesterday. The fire broke out on May 13, and Yildiz said emergency services haven’t been able to extinguish it, according to Haberturk newspaper. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said earlier that about 120 workers are thought to remain trapped.