Seven people were taken to hospital after a fire broke out at Tara Mines earlier this week.

The blaze which occurred on a conveyor system  triggered an emergency response at the plant.

No-one was injured in the outbreak which was brought under control by the Mine’s own rescue teams.

Seven employees were taken to hospital for a precautionary check for smoke exposure but all were later released.  It’s understood the seven were split between hospitals in Drogheda and Navan, with the majority taken to Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan.

In a statement Tara Mines said:  On Monday 27th December  at approximately 14:10, a fire occurred on a conveyor system in the mine.

“An emergency was declared and all employees were evacuated to safe areas and accounted for within a short time.

“Our mines rescue teams safely extinguished the fire.

“Seven employees were taken to hospital for a precautionary examination due to possible exposure to smoke.  All employees were released from hospital following the examination.”