Fire at Allan potash mine forces nearly 100 miners into refuge station for eight hours
Fire at potash mine forces nearly 100 miners into refuge station for eight hours
September 11, 2014
By The Canadian Press
SASKATOON – A potash mine near Saskatoon has shut down for the day after a fire forced nearly 100 workers into a refuge station.
Bill Johnson with Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan (TSX:POT.TO – News) says the workers were not injured and are now at home.
The fire broke out Wednesday afternoon at the company’s Allan mine.
Johnson says the fire was sparked by an underground truck and sent smoke throughout the mine.
The 96 workers on shift spent eight hours in the self-contained safety unit until a crew put out the fire and cleared the smoke.
Johnson expects the mine will resume operations on Friday.