Johannesburg — Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (Harmony) advises that an underground fire has broken out at the Doornkop gold mine, west of Johannesburg, Gauteng Province. Contact has been made with eight employees in a refuge bay; efforts continue to reach these employees and to establish the whereabouts of a further nine employees who are currently unaccounted for.
The fire was reported to have occurred in a stope adjacent to 192 level haulage (some 1 733 m underground) at around 18:00 on Tuesday, 4 February 2014. Rescue teams were immediately dispatched underground, but access to the affected area is being hampered by smoke and a subsequent fall of ground.
Operations at the mine have been suspended.