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Coal-seam fire in Siberia, Russia kills 14 people, leaves dozens missing | World

DARIALIT VINOVA AP communication

Moscow (AP) — Late Thursday, Russian officials are missing dozens about 250 meters (820 feet) underground after at least 14 miners and rescue workers have been killed in a coal-seam fire in Siberia. Stopped searching for people.

Rescue teams were expelled from the mine for safety reasons due to the accumulation of explosive methane gas and the high concentration of toxic gas from the fire. Even if the flames were overcome, the oxygen supply was over within a few hours, and 38 missing persons were worried that they might already be dead.

Authorities said 11 miners died and three rescuers later died while searching for others trapped in remote areas of the mine. Local authorities have declared a three-day memorial.

Kemerovo Oblast Governor Sergey Tsivilov said 35 miners remained missing and their exact location is unknown. Emergency officials also reported that three rescuers were missing.

The Ristovyaznaya mine in the Kemerovo region of southwestern Siberia had a total of 285 people when a fire broke out and smoke quickly filled the ventilation system. Rescuers led 239 miners to the surface, 49 of whom were injured.

Russia’s Deputy Attorney General Demesin told reporters that the fire was likely caused by a spark-induced methane explosion.

Coal-seam fire in Siberia, Russia kills 14 people, leaves dozens missing | World

Source link Coal-seam fire in Siberia, Russia kills 14 people, leaves dozens missing | World

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