Gold Mine Fire Burns a Second Day
LEAD, S.D. (AP) _ A fire burned deep within the nation’s biggest gold mine for a second day today as firefighters prepared to pump in sand and water.
No injuries were reported, and the fire posed no danger to the mine itself, said Homestake Mining Co. spokesman Scott Zieske.
The fire, burning in old timbers in an isolated area 3,500 feet down, forced the evacuation of more than 400 miners Wednesday and the cancellation of the day shift for more than 300 miners today, Zieske said.
″Our job now is to seal off the bottom on the 3,500-foot level and to pump in sand from the top, a sand and water mix to smother the flames,″ he said.
The cause of the fire was not known.
Homestake, the nation’s largest gold producer, has been operating in South Dakota since 1877. A 1982 fire at the 6,050-foot level of the 8,000-foot-deep mine caused no injuries but $500,000 in losses. The cause never was determined.