BHP Billiton confirm evacuation amid fire investigation at WA mine

An investigation is underway into the cause of a fire, which disrupted production at the Mount Whaleback iron ore mine in Western Australia.

BHP Billiton has confirmed an evacuation took place at the processing facility near Newman before 2pm on Thursday afternoon.

“We can confirm a fire has been reported at Mt Whaleback,” a BHP spokesperson said.

“All personnel at site have been accounted for and we are working to ensure the site is safe.”

The fire broke out in a screen house on the Pilbara mine site, it has been reported.

Department of Mines and Petroleum safety director Andrew Chaplyn said the fire broke out in a screen house on the mine site.

“Emergency response personnel from the mine site responded to the incident and one worker has been treated for smoke inhalation,” said Andrew Chaplyn, safety director of the Department of Mines and Petroleum.

Mining has since returned to full capacity at the site while investigations continue to establish the cause of the fire and damage is assessed.

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