A fire at a coal mine in Russia’s Siberia killed nine people and injured 44 others on Thursday, with dozens of others still trapped, authorities said.
The blaze took place in the Kemerovo region in southwestern Siberia.
Russia’s state Tass news agency reported, citing an unnamed emergency official, that coal dust caught fire, and that smoke quickly filled the mine through the ventilation system.
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Specialists take part in a rescue operation following a fire in the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in the Kemerovo region, Russia, November 25, 2021. (Russian Emergencies Ministry/Handout via REUTERS)
A total of 285 people were in the mine at the time of the incident, 237 of them have been evacuated.
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Efforts to rescue the rest are still ongoing, hampered by large amounts of smoke.
A still image taken from video shows Investigators and rescuers during a rescue operation following a fire in the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in the Kemerovo region, Russia, November 25, 2021. (Russian Investigative Committee/Handout via REUTERS)
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Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a criminal probe into the fire on charges of violating safety regulations that led to deaths.