Deadly fire at Gold Fields' South Africa mine still burning

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Posted: Jul 03, 2012 5:19 AM
Deadly fire at Gold Fields' South Africa mine still burning

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A fire that killed five workers at the weekend at the KDC West mine operated by world No. 4 bullion producer Gold Fields was still burning on Tuesday, a spokesman for the company said.

Spokesman Sven Lunsche said the fire was not out of control and both the KDC East and West mines would remained closed until further notice. The entire KDC operation produces just over one million ounces a year, or about 31 percent of group production.

The deaths are a setback for the government and the industry, trying to improve safety at mines that include the deepest in the world.

In 2011, the country's mining sector recorded no "disasters", defined as a single incident in which four or more people die.

(Reporting by Ed Stoddard; Editing by Jon Herskovitz)