Fire at potash mine traps 54 underground overnight

The PotashCorp Cory Mine facility is pictured near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan October 10, 2013....

The PotashCorp Cory Mine facility is pictured near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan October 10, 2013. REUTERS/David Stobbe

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:15 PM ET

Fifty-four people were trapped underground overnight after a fire broke out at Agrium Vanscoy Potash Mine, 40 km southwest of Saskatoon.

CJME 980 radio reported the fire started when a scoop tram caught fire around 9:45 p.m. (CST) at the mine.

The operator tried to suppress the fire, but was unable to extinguish it, site general manager Mike Dirham told the radio station.

The workers, miners and contractors were moved to safe areas until the fire was fully extinguished around 5:20 a.m. (CST) Saturday.

Dirham told local media the safe areas were equipped with food, water, phones and emergency equipment.

No injuries were reported, and the workers were back above ground by early Saturday afternoon.


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