ROCANVILLE, Sask. – The first of 20 miners trapped underground by a fire at a Saskatchewan potash mine have been brought back to the surface.
The blaze broke out at about 2 a.m. Tuesday when a large wooden cable spool started burning at PotashCorp.’s Rocanville mine, about 244 kilometres east of Regina.
The fire was extinguished about 10 hours later and a few hours after that, the miners starting coming back to the surface.
PotashCorp. spokesman Bill Cooper says until conditions were completely safe, the miners were told to stay in four separate refuge stations where they were protected from the heat.
He says the underground tunnels stretch out for kilometres and the area had to be cooled down and the air ventilated.
Earlier in the day, nine other workers were brought up from a refuge station.