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Australian firefighters battle days-long coal mine blaze

Australian firefighters battle days-long coal mine blaze

 
- Anglo American company suspends production as reopening may take several months, threatening 100s of jobs
 

By Islamuddin Sajid

ANKARA (AA) - Australian firefighters on Wednesday battled a five-day long blaze at a coal mine, purportedly caused by gas fire in Queensland state.

Fire erupted at Anglo American multinational company's underground Grosvenor mine on Saturday, prompting an immediate evacuation and exclusion zone around the site, which sits just outside the Central Queensland mining hub of Moranbah.

Hundreds workers have been evacuated and shifted to safe places.

The Anglo American suspended production at the mine, which employs some 1,400 people, and said the protocols to assess steps towards a safe re-entry into the mine "are expected to take several months as a result of the likely damage underground."

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