Underground fire forces miners into rescue chambers

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About 30 miners were forced into rescue chambers after an underground fire broke out in the Fosterville Gold Mine in central Victoria on the weekend.

According to the Bendigo Advertiser two workers suffered smoke inhalation after the fire started 450 metres underground.

The workers were treated at the scene and did not require hospitalisation.

Officials said the fire started after an underground loader’s hydraulic line burst.

Fosterville Gold Mine general manager Ian Holland told the Bendigo Advertiser the fire triggered the site’s emergency response plan.

"We dealt with it internally and other agencies responded and they were there to provide additional support," he said.

Holland said he was pleased with the reaction to the fire and the next shift started without delay.

“It is fair to say it is why we do our mock emergencies and why we work with other agencies,” he said.

He said the mine was investigating the incident and would implement any required changes if they were identified.

Country Fire Authority regional duty officer Rohan Luke praised the mine’s emergency response and said it was an example of agencies and mining companies "working well together".

Image: Herald Sun

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