Blaze at mine sends two to hospital

A fire at Duck Pond Mine in central Newfoundland sent two men to hospital on Friday, just after 11 a.m. An above-ground exploratory drill caught fire while a contracting company was operating it. One man was treated for burns and released the next day from the hospital in Grand Falls-Windsor, while the other man was more severely burned in the ordeal and is being treated in St. John’s at the Health Sciences Centre. Mine manager Bob Kelly says an investigation into the incident is underway. “Health and safety is foremost for us so we will investigate, just to understand, so it won’t occur again. That’s our focus right now,” said Kelly. He also said they’re taking special precautions and have shut down the other exploratory drills until the investigation yields some answers.

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