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KIMBERLEY, British Columbia - Four people died at Teck Cominco's decommissioned Sullivan mine in southeastern British Columbia, apparently after they were overcome by fumes.

The Vancouver, British Columbia, mining company says the dead are a company employee, a decommissioning consultant and two ambulance paramedics who responded to a call for help. The mayor of Kimberley, Jim Ogilvie, says he was told the four may have been overcome by hydrogen sulphide fumes. He says a contractor testing water an a pumping station went missing two days ago. A mine employee who found the body called for help before he was overcome himself. Two paramedics responding to the call also collapsed. The bodies were found by firefighters wearing breathing gear.

The lead-zinc mine closed in December 2001 after 92 years of production. The decommissioning and reclamation work included treating contaminated water, reclaiming disturbed lands and demolishing structures.

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