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GOLCONDA — Barrick Gold Corp. emergency response teams responded to an equipment fire at Barrick’s Turquoise Ridge underground mine July 7.

At approximately 10:10 a.m., a lube truck was reported to have caught fire in the mine. The operator immediately activated the truck’s fire suppression system and used a handheld fire extinguisher to the extinguish flames.

The mine was evacuated during the incident, with personnel exiting to the surface or taking shelter in underground mine refuge chambers.

Barrick emergency response teams worked in cooperation with Mine Safety and Health Administration regulators to develop plans to safely evacuate the miners from refuge and to inspect the mine prior to resuming work, Barrick reported in a statement.

The lube truck operator was transported to the hospital for evaluation. He was treated and released. Two other miners were evaluated for heat-related symptoms but did not require transport to the hospital. There were no additional injuries.

Work resumed in the mine mid-shift Saturday night.

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