Questions marks over the future of 650 jobs at Daw Mill Colliery
The Chief Executive of UK Coal has warned that the extent of the damage caused by the underground fire at Daw Mill Colliery, will decide the future of 650 jobs.
Kevin McCullough says that the mine is being starved of oxygen, yet expects the fire to rage for months.
Over 100 miners were evacuated when it was clear the fire was too fierce
The Chief Executive of UK Coal, Kevin McCullough, has told ITV News Central that the safety of miners was the main concern following the large underground fire on Friday 22 February.
By 9:30pm, all 106 miners were evacuated when the colliery realised it was 'incapable of controlling the fire'.
Around 650 jobs may now be at risk.
UK Coal: "This fire is on a scale not seen for decades"
Daw Mill Colliery's future remains in doubt this morning following a fire which broke out on Friday afternoon.
Over the last year, the future of the colliery has been the subject of significant uncertainty.
The company is said to be consulting with the workforce over the coming weeks.
– Kevin McCullough, Chief Executive for UK Coal
This fire is on a scale not seen for decades. I want to thank everyone in the mine that day for their professionalism and commitment.
It is said there is no risk or impact from the fire to residents living close to the site or above the mine.
Daw Mill Colliery future in doubt following major fire
More than 100 miners had to be evacuated from an underground mine on Friday after a major fire broke out.
The fire at Daw Mill Colliery in Warwickshire has been described as 'major' and it's expected to be closed for at least three to six months
Major underground fire at Daw Mill Colliery
A major underground fire broke out underground at Daw Mill Colliery in Warwickshire on Friday afternoon.
All miners had to be evacuated from the mine.