Minimal Damage from NM Nuclear Repository Fire

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A southeastern New Mexico underground nuclear repository had a fire event on February 5, 2014.  A truck hauling salt caught fire and prompted an evacuation.

Two mine rescue teams were dispatched into the earth and determined that the fire was no longer burning.  Additionally, they determined that the air was clear and safe to breathe.

All employees were evacuated from the underground site when the fire broke out at 11am and six people were treated for smoke inhalation and released shortly afterwards.

"It is critically important to note that at no point did the fire threaten the waste of disposed of at the WIPP, nor was the community or public ever at risk," said Representative Steve Pearce, R-NM.