A fire that has broken out in a Warwickshire coal mine could burn for months, according to reports.
UK Coal revealed Monday that a fire had broken out at a depth of 540m in the Daw Mill Colliery, which was already at risk of closure. Now the BBC is reporting that the fire could last for months. The coal mine’s future has been put at serious risk.
The fire broke out in the tailgate of a coal face around 8km from the bottom of the main shaft at around 15.30 on Friday. Ninety-two underground workers were safely evacuated, with a specialised team of 14 staying behind to fight the fire. They were also evacuated later in the evening, and operators then switched off ventilation to the mine in an attempt to starve the fire of oxygen.
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