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Impala Platinum Says Four Workers Died After Underground Fire

Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd., the world’s second-biggest producer of the metal, said four employees died after a fire broke out at its number 14 shaft in South Africa on Jan. 22.

“The four employees were overcome by fumes while they were trying to find their way to safety,” the Johannesburg-based mining company said in an e-mailed statement. Impala is in contact with the victims’ families and “will continue to provide all the necessary support,” together with representatives from the Department of Mineral Resources and leaders of the Association of Mine Workers and Construction Union, Chief Executive Officer Terence Goodlace said in the statement.