Five die in South African mine fire

Five miners have died in an underground mine fire in South Africa.

The incident, which occurred at a Gold Fields KDC West mine just outside of Maerfong, also hospitalised another 14 miners.

According to the company the incident occurred at the 4 Shaft (Ya-Rona) section of the mine after a fire broke out.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, however the S.A. Department of Mineral Resources and unions have been informed of the incident.

The unions quickly hit out at Gold Fields, according to the Gulf Times.

"We strongly condemn the company for sending workers on overtime night shift when there is no ventilation," Frans Baleni, the general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers, said in a statement.

It was the second fatal incident at a mine that day, after a miner was trapped when a pit wall collapsed on him at the Jwaneng diamond mine.

Gold Fields runs the St. Ives and Agnew gold mines in Australia.


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