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Underground fire doused at northern Ontario mine, no workers injured

An underground fire at one of the deepest mines in the world prompted an emergency response in northern Ontario on Friday, but no one was hurt in the incident.A spokesman for the Kidd mine in Timmins, Ont., said the fire was doused and operations were returning to normal."There was a fire that...

An underground fire at one of the deepest mines in the world prompted an emergency response in northern Ontario on Friday, but no one was hurt in the incident.

A spokesman for the Kidd mine in Timmins, Ont., said the fire was doused and operations were returning to normal.

"There was a fire that was discovered underground but it has since been extinguished," said Pierre Noel, spokesman for the mine.

"Every worker that was underground is accounted for โ€” they're all safe."

Noel was unable to say how deep the fire was or how many workers were underground at the time.

Mine rescue personnel were dispatched to what was considered an emergency situation under normal protocols, said Alex Gryska, manager with the Mine Rescue Station.

He said there were no injuries.

Operations were halted to allow an investigation of the mine.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire.

"Anything can happen underground," said Noel.

"Our crews are checking out what happened."

The Kidd mine, owned by Xstrata Copper, produces copper, zinc and other metals.

Timmins is about 700 kilometres north of Toronto.

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