Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Russia:Moscow metro fire injures over 30

MOSCOW, June 5 - A fire broke out Wednesday in a Moscow metro, injuring at least 30 people, the Emergency Situations Ministry's local bureau said.

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About 4,500 commuters were evacuated as a cable caught fire and caused heavy smoke in the Sokolnicheskaya line, or the red line of Moscow. The fire was extinguished at around 09:00 a.m. local time (0500 GMT).

"More than 30 people have been injured, and more are expected to seek medical assistance," the Interfax news agency quoted the bureau spokesman Viktor Biryukov as saying,

Another source in law enforcement department said the fire was not caused by human factor, but "most likely by a technical malfunction."

"It will take some two hours to liquidate all consequences of the fire," the source said, adding the metro would resume its normal operation after noon.

Moscow streets jammed as thousands evacuate after Metro fire

Traffic in central Moscow was disrupted after thousands evacuated a Metro station following a fire that closed a transit line. The incident happened during morning rush hour, and resulted in a partial mass transit shutdown.
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At least 47 were hurt in the incident at the Okhotny Ryad station, reported Viktor Biryukov, a spokesperson for the capital’s emergencies service. Seven of them were taken to hospital, he said. 

Doctors at Sklifosovsky trauma clinic say the two patients admitted – a 6-year-old boy and a 63-year-old woman – are in satisfactory condition. 
Biryukov added that some 4,500 people have been evacuated from the Metro. Some trains were stopped inside a tunnel when the flames erupted. All stranded passengers and Metro employees have been rescued, and the evacuation ended about an hour after the incident started. 

The fire broke out at approximately 9:04am Moscow time (05:04 GMT), and firefighters managed to quickly douse the blaze. The facilities affected by smoke are being ventilated. 
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The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, but a preliminary investigation indicates a technical failure in a power line inside a tunnel, the spokesperson said.  

Moscow’s Investigative Committee said it will conduct an inquiry into possible violations of safety regulations on the Metro. 
The fire seriously disrupted transportation in Moscow during morning rush hour. Several nearby stations had to close and urge passengers to leave and seek an alternate means to get to their destination. 

Authorities have blocked ground traffic at one of the streets near Okhotny Ryad station to allow ambulances and fire brigades to arrive.  

Tens of thousands of morning commuters were late for work due to the incident. 
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City authorities have deployed 40 extra buses and trolleys to compensate for the increased load on the public transit system. 

EMERCOM firefighters on Mokhovaya Street in downtown Moscow. The Okhotny Ryad subway station is closed due to a fire. (RIA Novosti / Ilona Golovina)
With crowds of stranded commuters trying to get to their destinations, many were angry to find that Moscow’s taxi drivers had suddenly hiked their prices. A 13km trip from one of the closed stations cost one Twitter user 2,500 rubles (about $80), he said.  

Metro operations resumed shortly after midday, about three hours after the incident. 
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