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Russia: 9 dead in mine fire, dozens trapped


MOSCOW (AP) – Nine people were killed and 44 injured Thursday after a fire at a coal mine in Russia, according to authorities. Dozens of workers were still trapped.

The accident occurred in the Kemerovo region of southwestern Siberia. Coal dust ignited and smoke quickly filled the mine through the ventilation system, said Russia’s state agency Tass, citing an unidentified emergency manager.

At the time of the incident there were 285 people in the mine, of which 237 were evacuated. There were jobs in progress to rescue the others, jobs that were hampered by the great smoke.

The Investigative Committee of Russia launched a criminal investigation into the fire for possible breaches of safety regulations resulting in death.

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