Killing in fire in coal mine Russia, dozens of workers stuck

At least eleven miners were killed in a fire in a coal mine in Russia. At least 46 miners are stuck in the mine. In a rescue operation, almost 240 people were put to safety.

There were 285 miners at work when the fire broke out in Listvjazhnaya coal mine in the Kemerovo region of Central Russia, rescuers say. In previous reports, it was mentioned that 115 people were working in the mine.

Rescue work discontinued

The rescue operation was discontinued at the end of the morning due to the risk of explosion. Earlier in the day, due to large amounts of smoke, it was difficult for rescuers to get to the miners.

There are 43 wounded cases, they were all taken to hospital. Among the wounded are also four people in critical condition. Several miners would also have inhaled smoke.

According to a source of the emergency services, the fire began in a ventilation shaft, reports the Russian state news agency TASS. This allowed the smoke to spread through the mine. There would have been no explosions. There would also be no damage.

Compassion Putin

President Putin has expressed his condolences to the relatives of the deceased. In addition, he has ordered the government to give the injured all the necessary help, says one of his spokesmen.

The mine was still inspected on November 19, says Interfax news agency based on the Russian ecology watchdog Rostechnadzor. Nothing is known to the news agency about the results of that inspection.