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Fire at Saskatchewan potash mine declared out

Sept. 25, 2012, Rocanville, Sask. – A fire that trapped 20 workers underground at an eastern Saskatchewan potash mine is out.

September 25, 2012  By The Canadian Press


Sept. 25, 2012, Rocanville, Sask. – A fire that trapped 20 workers underground at an eastern Saskatchewan potash mine is out.

Provincial occupational health and safety officials say the fire at PotashCorp's Rocanville mine was extinguished about 10 hours after it started.

Officials say crews are hauling in water to cool down the area so there's no chance of re-ignition.

Twenty workers who were in refuge stations underground will stay put until rescue crews ensure it's safe for them to come out.

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The fire broke out at about 2 a.m. when a large wooden cable spool started burning.

A mine rescue team was earlier able to bring up nine other workers from a refuge station.


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