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Meadowbank Gold Mine’s Kitchen Destroyed by Fire; 300 Workers Evacuated

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A fire that torched the kitchen at Meadowbank gold mine near Baker Lake, Nunavut, sent 300 employees packing, the Nunatsiaq News reported on March 10.

About 160 workers remained to keep the gold mine running, said Denis Gourde, the regional manager for Agnico-Eagle, the mining company.

“Over the short-term, we will maintain the same pace,” Gourde told the newspaper. “And we will are looking at how we can bring in the equipment needed so we can bring people back as quickly as possible. For the moment, it’s too early to say what the impact will be on our production, but we’re going to do the most we can to minimize the impact.”

One of the mine’s two food warehouses, which contains frozen food, escaped damage, but a food storage area containing perishable foods, the camp cafeteria and nearby offices were lost in the fire, Gourde told the Nunatsiaq News.

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