Hundreds evacuated to escape mine blaze
13 April 2007, MADRID – Hundreds of people were evacuated on Friday after a fire at a mine shaft left a dense cloud of smoke over the surrounding area.
13 April 2007
MADRID – Hundreds of people were evacuated on Friday after a fire at a mine shaft left a dense cloud of smoke over the surrounding area.
The fire took place in Maria Luisa de Hunosa, in Sama de Langreo, in Asturias in northern Spain.
Hundreds of people, mostly elderly, had to be evacuated from the area and given masks.
Authorities said the smoke cloud hanging over the area was an irritant but not toxic.
Schools have been evacuated and people have been transferred to health centres for treatment.
The fire and its consequences caused traffic problems in the area.
Authorities said it started 500 metres below ground level at about 8am on Friday.
About 150 workers are based at the mine.
They were evacuated without suffering injuries.
The mine produces carbon.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news