BHP Billiton has denied claims from unions that a dangerous explosions occurred at its Nickel West Mount Keith mine today, saying it was actually a small fire.
The mine, near Leinster in Western Australia, experienced a large explosion which may have been caused by welding work being performed near a gas leak, according to the Construction Forestry Mining and Engineering Union.
But BHP says there was no explosion but rather a small fire which started in a rubber-lined steel tank in the construction area of the site and was extinguished quickly.
In the statement released by the company, BHP also said there were no injuries sustained in the accident and an investigation is underway.
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