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Russia: Nine miners trapped underground after fire breaks out in Solikamsk02:07

Russia: Nine miners trapped underground after fire breaks out in Solikamsk

Russian Federation, Solikamsk
December 22, 2018 at 19:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Nine miners have been trapped underground after a fire broke out in potassium mines in Solikamsk near the Ural Mountains on Saturday.

Though rescue operations are still ongoing, Russia's Investigative Committee released a statement saying that there is substantial proof that the trapped miners are dead.

According to the company Uralkali, which own the mine, nine workers got trapped by smoke as a result of the accident which occurred shortly after 10am Moscow time on Saturday.

The other eight miners were safely evacuated from the mine.

Uralkali claims smoke was caused by construction works, and investigation is still underway.

"Later on, after a decrease of the temperature in the mine's barrel, a new squad descent is planned for detecting the injured," commander of the Berezniki detached paramilitary rescue squad Mikhail Pestov said.

Russia: Nine miners trapped underground after fire breaks out in Solikamsk02:07
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Nine miners have been trapped underground after a fire broke out in potassium mines in Solikamsk near the Ural Mountains on Saturday.

Though rescue operations are still ongoing, Russia's Investigative Committee released a statement saying that there is substantial proof that the trapped miners are dead.

According to the company Uralkali, which own the mine, nine workers got trapped by smoke as a result of the accident which occurred shortly after 10am Moscow time on Saturday.

The other eight miners were safely evacuated from the mine.

Uralkali claims smoke was caused by construction works, and investigation is still underway.

"Later on, after a decrease of the temperature in the mine's barrel, a new squad descent is planned for detecting the injured," commander of the Berezniki detached paramilitary rescue squad Mikhail Pestov said.

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