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One Dead, Dozens Trapped After Fire In Russian Coal Mine

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Moscow:

One person died and dozens were trapped after a fire at a coal mine in the Kemerovo region of Russian Siberia on Thursday, emergency services and local authorities said, with a rescue operation underway that had already saved more than 200 people.

There were 285 people in the Listvyazhnaya mine, Russian emergency services said, and 236 were brought to the surface. The rescue operation was underway.

Regional Governor Sergei Tsivilev, writing on his Telegram channel, said one person died and 43 others were injured, two of them in serious condition, news agencies reported.

“According to preliminary data, a number of workers suffered from smoke poisoning. The number of victims is being clarified,” the regional branch of the Russian Commission of Inquiry said in an earlier statement.

He initially indicated that 115 miners were working at the time of the fire.

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