Hazelwood mine had no power and little water to fight fire, inquiry told

Inquiry hears mine operators lacked resources to fight outbreak of fires, including one which then burned for 45 days covering region in smoke and ash

Power and water pumps were failing in a Victorian coalmine as operators attempted to fight fires that had flared inside it, including one that burned for 45 days, an inquiry has heard.

The Hazelwood mine’s technical services manager, James Faithful, said when he took control as emergency commander about 8.30pm on February 9, there was no power and fires were burning in and around the mine.

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