South African gold miner, Harmony Gold Mining Company, announced this morning that a fire had broke out this morning at its Kusasalethu gold mine near Carletonville, 2 300 m underground. This evening, 389 of the 486 employees working underground have been brought safely to surface.

Specially trained rescue teams continue their efforts to rescue the remaining employees.

The fire has now been contained. It is believed to have started during maintenance work at Kusasalethu’s on a bulk air cooler on 75 level at around 09:40 this morning (Sunday, 22 February 2015).

All operations at the mine, other than those related to the rescue have been suspended.

Harmony says further information will be released as this becomes available.

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