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Five feared dead at site of avalanche in Utah



Published: Sat, January 15, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Five feared dead at siteof avalanche in Utah

PARK CITY, Utah -- Rescue workers spent all day Saturday digging through a massive snow pile but found no traces of five people feared dead in a 300-yard-wide, 500-yard-long avalanche that cascaded down a Utah mountainside a day earlier. Exactly how many skiers were buried in the Friday afternoon snow slide remained unclear late Saturday afternoon. Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said officials were still trying to match eyewitness accounts to a list of skiers who were thought to be in the area when the avalanche happened. Sheriff's Capt. Alan Siddoway said officials knew of five people who were unaccounted for when the search resumed Saturday morning. As of late Saturday afternoon as the day's search was winding down, searchers had confirmed the identity of only one victim, a Montana man in his 20s whose name was not released.

Thousands evacuatednear recycling plant fire

ANDERSON, Ind. -- Thousands of people evacuated because of a magnesium fire at a recycling plant were allowed to return home Saturday, but the blaze still could take days to burn itself out. The toxic fire erupted at the Advanced Magnesium Alloys Corp. plant Friday afternoon, but explosions forced firefighters out less than three hours later, said police Detective Terry Sollars. No injuries were reported. At midmorning Saturday, several dozen fire and police officers remained posted around the plant to keep watch on the fire.




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