Spectacular fire rips through ore conveyer at Yandicoogina mine in Pilbara

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VideoRio Tinto is investigating the cause of a spectacular fire that broke out at its Yandicoogina mining operation in the Pilbara on Saturday.

Rio Tinto is investigating the cause of a spectacular fire that broke out at its Yandicoogina mining operation in the Pilbara on Saturday.

Footage of the incident posted on Jobs in Mining’s Facebook page shows the fire starting in a train load-out bin and rapidly moving along an ore conveyer.

A Rio spokesman said one firefighter was treated for minor smoke inhalation but no-one else was injured and the fire was brought under control quickly.

“Safety is our top priority and Rio Tinto has commenced an internal investigation into the incident and is also working with the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety to understand the cause of the fire,” the spokesman said.

The mining giant said production was not expected to be affected by the fire.

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