9 miners missing after Harmony fire

2014-02-05 10:10

Nine miners were unaccounted for after a fire broke out at Harmony’s Doornkop gold mine, west of Joburg.

“Contact has been made with eight employees in a refuge bay; efforts continue to reach these employees and to establish the whereabouts of a further nine employees who are currently unaccounted for,” spokesperson James Duncan said today in a statement.

“The fire was reported to have occurred in a stope adjacent to 192 level haulage (some 1 733m underground) at around 6pm on Tuesday.”

Duncan said rescue teams were immediately dispatched underground but access to the affected area was hampered by smoke and a subsequent fall of ground.

Operations at the mine were suspended.

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