Two men were hospitalized — with one man remaining in intensive care Monday — after a fire at a mine in central Newfoundland Friday.

The men were injured around 11 a.m. while working for the Duck Pond mine near Millertown.

The fire happened at an exploration site less than two kilometres from the actual mine where one of the above-ground exploration drills caught on fire, according to Duck Pond mine general manager Bob Kelly.

Kelly said one of the men was in intensive care at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John's Monday with second and third-degree burns while another man stayed hospital Friday night in Grand Falls-Windsor and was released over the weekend.

The fire was quickly extinguished, but exploration drilling has been halted while occupational health and safety officers investigate the incident.

Work continued at the main mine site, which produces copper and zinc.