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A fire at a coal mine in Russian Siberia left nine dead and 44 injured on Thursday, and dozens more are still trapped, authorities said.

The fire took place in the Kemerovo region in southwest Siberia.

Russian state news agency Tass reported, citing an anonymous emergency official, that coal dust caught fire and smoke quickly filled the mine through the ventilation system.

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Specialists take part in a rescue operation following a fire at the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in the Kemerovo region of Russia on November 25, 2021. (Russian Emergency Ministry / Document via REUTERS)

A total of 285 people were in the mine at the time of the incident, 237 of whom were evacuated.

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Efforts to save others are still ongoing, hampered by large amounts of smoke.

Russian Siberian coal mine fire kills 9

A still image from a video shows investigators and rescuers during a rescue operation following a fire at the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in the Kemerovo region of Russia on November 25, 2021. ( Russian Investigation Committee / Document via REUTERS)

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The Russian commission of inquiry has launched a criminal investigation into the fire for breaching safety regulations which resulted in deaths.


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