Nine miners rescued after Harmony fire

By Drum Digital
05 February 2014

Eight miners were brought to surface from Harmony's Doornkop gold mine in the west of Johannesburg after a fire broke out.

Eight miners were brought to surface from Harmony's Doornkop gold mine in the west of Johannesburg after a fire broke out, the company said on Wednesday.

The nine would be under medical observation for 24 hours, Chief Operating Officer Tom Smith said.

On Tuesday at about 6pm, a fire broke out on level 192 about 1733 metres underground.

Eighteen people were reported missing at the end of the shift on Tuesday night.

One miner came out in the early hours of Wednesday morning. He gave rescue workers the location of miners he had seen underground, Russell said.

Afterwards eight people were rescued in the underground refuge bay.

Russell said nine miners were still unaccounted for.

He said the fire could have been started by a seismic event which measured 2.4 on the Richter scale. This led to the fall of ground and the electric cables were damaged causing the fire.

Russell said the company was still investigating the exact cause of the fire.

He said 10 rescue teams were searching for the missing miners.

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