A fire broke out in the underground parts of the crushing plant building of the Kevitsa mine in Sodankylä on Thursday evening, the extinguishing work of which was challenging, says the Lapland Rescue Department.

The fire site was located at a depth of about 30 meters and finding it at the end of long smoky diving trips was challenging for rescuers. Several units from Sodankylä, Saariselkä and Rovaniemi, among others, participated in the extinguishing work.

The mine's own fire brigade and rescue department extinguished the fire together. The shutdown work ended before midnight.

The Kevitsa mine is an open pit. Its main products are nickel and copper concentrates. In addition, it produces platinum, palladium, gold and cobalt.

Kevitsa became part of the Swedish Boliden Group in June 2016. The ore concentrate will be delivered to Boliden's own smelters in Harjavalta and Rönnskär.