Coal mine fire in Russia’s Siberia kills 14, dozens captured – World News

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At least 14 people died in a fire at a coal mine in Russia’s Siberia on Thursday, which also left 35 others missing and feared dead.

Authorities said 11 miners were found dead and three rescuers also died later while searching for others trapped in a remote part of the mine. Regional officials declared three days of mourning for the victims.

Kemerovo Governor Sergei Tsivilyov said 35 miners remained missing and their exact location was unknown.

Efforts to rescue those trapped in the mine about 250 meters (820 feet) underground were halted Thursday afternoon due to an explosion threat and rescuers were rushed out of the mine.

The news agency Interfax reported that miners have oxygen supplies that usually last for six hours, which could be stretched a few hours more, but which would still have expired late on Thursday.

Nearly 50 other miners were injured.

A total of 285 people were in the Listvyazhnaya mine in the Kemerovo region of southwestern Siberia when the fire broke out and smoke quickly filled the mine through the ventilation system.

Russia’s investigative committee has launched a criminal investigation into the fire, alleging breaches of security regulations that led to deaths.

President Vladimir Putin condoled with the families of the slain miners and ordered the government to offer all necessary assistance to those injured.

During a meeting with his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic in the Russian resort town of Sochi on the Black Sea, Putin noted that there is a danger to the lives of the rescuers and expressed hope that they will succeed in rescuing as many people as possible.

In 2016, 36 miners were killed in a series of methane explosions at a coal mine in Russia’s far north. In the wake of the incident, authorities analyzed the safety of the country’s 58 coal mines and declared 20 of them, or 34%, potentially unsafe.

The Listvyazhnaya mine was not among them at the time, according to media reports.

Russia’s state technology and ecology watchdog, Rostekhnadzor, inspected the mine in April and recorded 139 violations, including violations of fire safety rules.

Another inspection of the mine was conducted on Friday, but its conclusions were not immediately reported.

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