Miners trapped

By Drum Digital
22 February 2015

The fire started this morning.

All 487 miners that were trapped underground when a fire broke out at a gold mine near Carletonville have been safely brought to the surface, the Harmony Gold Mining Company said on Sunday.

Around 18 miners were still trapped underground after a fire broke out at the Kusasalethu Gold Mine near Carletonville, the Harmony Gold Mining Company said on Sunday.

"Around 468 have been brought to the surface and around 18 are still underground," said spokeswoman Charmane Russell. "No injuries or fatalities have been reported [and] the fire has now been contained."

Specially trained rescue teams were attempting to rescue the remaining employees. "A fire started on the mine's 75 level, approximately 2,300 metres below surface, at around 09.40am this morning.

" Some of the miners had used refuge bays underground which were supplied with fresh air, water and telephone communication to surface.

The fire was believed to have started during maintenance work on a bulk air cooler. All operations at the mine had been suspended

Source: Sapa

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