- Associated Press - Monday, June 30, 2014

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A spokesman for the Stillwater Mine near Nye says a fire in old timbers prompted an evacuation but no injuries.

John Beaudry with Stillwater Mining Co. says workers doing welding noticed the timbers smoldering at about 4 p.m. Sunday.

After workers were evacuated, firefighters from the mine and the Stillwater and Columbus volunteer fire departments re-entered the mine to fight the blaze using water and foam.

Beaudry says the small fire near the surface level of the mine was fully extinguished by 2 a.m. Monday.

Work at the platinum and palladium mine was suspended overnight before resuming Monday morning.


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