The Chief Executive of UK Coal has warned that the extent of the damage caused by the underground fire at Daw Mill Colliery, will decide the future of 650 jobs.
Kevin McCullough says that the mine is being starved of oxygen, yet expects the fire to rage for months.
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Another largely dry and bright day with plenty of winter sunshine.
The morning will be cold and windy with bright spells, but also some isolated showers, most likely across Derbyshire.
A pedestrian in his eighties had to be airlifted to hospital after being hit by a lorry in Brownhills this morning.