51 killed in Russian mine fire

Moscow, November 26 (agency)

The death toll in a coal mine fire in Siberia, Russia, has risen to 51, while mine rescuers have found one person alive. Officials had earlier said that 14 bodies were found by the rescue team. At the same time, the search operation for 38 missing people was stopped due to the spread of toxic fumes generated by the fire.

Official news agencies ‘TAS’ and ‘RIA-Novosti’ quoted officials as saying that there was no hope of survival. Interfax quoted a regional administration official as saying that the death toll in Thursday’s incident has risen to 51. There were a total of 285 people in the Litsvyazhanya mine at the time of the incident. It is suspected that a spark caused the methane explosion, which started the fire. The director of the mine and two senior managers have also been taken into custody by the Russian investigative committee.

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