Fire traps eight workers in Swedish iron ore mine
July 4, 2008
July 4th (Reuters) – Eight building workers were trapped in an underground safety chamber on Thursday when fire broke out in an iron ore mine in northern Sweden, the head of the mining company said.
Ola Johnsson, chief executive of Swedish state mining firm LKAB, told Reuters the contract workers were in a ventilated chamber 1,250 metres (4,100 feet) below ground.
They were not in danger and were expected to be rescued once firefighters had dealt with the blaze less than 200 metres above them.
“They have full air,” Johnsson said. “They are only waiting now to get picked up by the fire department.”
Mining operations were shut down about 4 p.m. (1400 GMT).
The workers had been building new transport facilities, Johnsson said.