Moscow (AP) — A fire at a coal mine in Siberia, Russia, killed nine people, injured 44 and left dozens still trapped on Thursday, officials said.
The flames occurred in the Kemerovo region of southwestern Siberia. Citing an unnamed emergency authority, the Russian state Tas News Agency reported that coal dust ignited and smoke quickly filled the mine through a ventilation system.
At the time of the incident, there were a total of 285 people in the mine, of which 237 were evacuated. Efforts to save the rest are still ongoing and are hampered by heavy smoke.
The Russian investigative commission has launched a criminal investigation into the fire for violating fatal safety regulations.
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Coal-seam fire in Siberia, Russia kills nine people and traps dozens | World
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