Rio Tinto Reports Fire at East Intercourse Island Port in Pilbara
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Rio Tinto Reports Fire at East Intercourse Island Port in Pilbara

Australian media reported that Rio Tinto has launched an investigation after its West Australian iron ore ports were hit by a third fire in the space of 26 months.

Australian media reported that Rio Tinto has launched an investigation after its West Australian iron ore ports were hit by a third fire in the space of 26 months. The latest fire occurred on Friday within a section of the sprawling port complex the miner operates near the town of Dampier. A Rio spokesman said “Rio Tinto confirms that a small fire broke out on Friday evening in a screenhouse at our East Intercourse Island port operation in the Pilbara. Emergency services quickly responded to the incident and the fire was brought safely under control. No one was injured and an investigation to establish the cause of the fire has commenced.”

It is the third time since January 2019 that a fire has broken out in a Rio iron ore screen house, a facility at the port where different types of iron ore are separated, usually with the help of conveyor belts. A screen house at Rio’s Cape Lambert iron ore port suffered a major fire in January 2019, while a similar facility at East Intercourse Island endured a fire on April 6, 2019.

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