Trapped workers rescued from Vale’s underground nickel mine in Manitoba

7 April 2015 (Last Updated April 7th, 2015 18:30)

A total of 39 miners have been rescued from Vale Canada's nickel mine in Manitoba after a fire left them trapped.

A total of 39 miners have been rescued from Vale Canada's nickel mine in Manitoba after a fire left them trapped.

According to Vale officials, no injuries were reported from the incident.

The fire broke out at the company's Thompson mine when load-haul-dump (LHD), a remotely operated piece of equipment caught alight.

"After the fire broke out, stench gas was released inside the mine as a precautionary measure to warn workers of the blaze."

After the fire broke out, stench gas was released inside the mine as a precautionary measure to warn workers of the blaze.

Vale spokesman Ryan Land told media sources that the company followed the correct protocols and ensured everyone was safe.

According to Land, a joint investigation into the incident with company and the United Steelworkers Local 6166 will be underway soon.

Local 6166 president Murray Nychyporuk said as part of the investigation, the cause of the incident will be identified and further necessary recommendations will be made to prevent such accidents further.

In an earlier incident that took place in 2011, the company was charged and pleaded guilty when a 51-year-old miner died at its mine in Thompson.

Located 740km north of Winnipeg, Thompson is known as 'the Hub of the North' and is home to the company's Manitoba Operations comprising the Thompson and Birchtree Mines along with the Thompson Mill, Thompson Smelter and Thompson Refinery.

The operations cover some 250 acres.