Seven workers have been taken to hospital after a fire broke out at a potash mine, hundreds of metres below the sea bed.
The blaze started at the ICL UK Boulby mine in East Cleveland at 00:30 BST on Wednesday.
The workers, who were 1,100m (3,600 ft) under the sea bed and five miles (8km) from land, were taken to hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.
Mining operations at the site have been temporarily suspended.
The fire was extinguished and HM Inspectorate of Mines said a full investigation into the incident would be carried out.
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