Russia reports that as many as 52 miners and rescuers have died in a Siberian coal-seam fire.
Rescuers will walk the Listvyazhnaya coal mine from the Siberian city of Kemerovo, about 3,000 km (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, November 25, 2021. (Photo: AP)
A Russian news agency said a fire in a Siberian coal mine killed 52 miners and rescuers.
Authorities previously said rescue teams had found 14 bodies and the search for 38 missing persons was suspended for safety reasons due to the accumulation of explosive methane gas and high levels of toxic gas from the fire. ..
The state’s Tas and RIA-Novosti news agencies quoted emergency authorities as saying they were unlikely to find survivors.
Interfax news agency quoted a representative of the local government who killed 52 people in the fire on Thursday.
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. Previously, 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.
Explosions of methane released from coal seams during mining are rare, but they cause the most deaths in the mining industry.
Interfax reported that miners have an oxygen supply that normally lasts for 6 hours. This can be extended for a few more hours, but will expire by the end of Thursday.
The Russian investigative commission has launched a criminal investigation into a fire over a fatal violation of safety regulations. The mine chief and two senior managers were detained.
President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences to the families of the dead and ordered the government to provide all necessary support to the injured.
In 2016, a series of methane explosions at the northernmost coal mine in Russia killed 36 miners. Following the incident, authorities analyzed the safety of 58 coal mines in the country and declared 20 or 34 percent of them potentially dangerous.
According to media reports, the Listvyazhnaya mine was not included in it at the time.
Russia’s national technology and ecology watchdog, Rostekhnadzor, inspected the mine in April and registered 139 violations, including violations of fire safety regulations.
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52 miners and rescuers killed in Siberian coal-seam fire: Report
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