54 miners trapped in an Australian underground gold mine have been rescued after a fire.

A fire broke out in a caterpillar truck working underground at a gold mine in Western Australia state, forcing the miners to shelter in refuge stations.

The fire was extinguished by the onboard fire suppression system.

The Kanowna Belle gold mine is located 20km north-east of the outback mining town of Kalgoorlie.

In 2006, 17 miners working in the Beaconsfield gold mine on the southern Australian island of Tasmania were trapped when it collapsed. 14 escaped at once, one was killed, and the remaining two were rescued after surviving for two weeks about 1km underground.