A fire at a coal mine in Russia’s Siberia killed 11 folks and injured greater than 40 others on Thursday, with dozens of others nonetheless trapped, authorities mentioned.

The blaze befell in the Kemerovo area in southwestern Siberia. Russia’s state Tass news company reported, citing an unnamed emergency official, that coal mud caught fire, and that smoke rapidly crammed the mine via the air flow system.

A complete of 285 folks had been in the mine on the time of the incident — 239 of them have been evacuated and 46 different miners are nonetheless trapped underground, Kemerovo Governor Sergei Tsivilyov mentioned on his web page on the messaging app Telegram. “Forty-three people have been hospitalized with injuries, four of them in serious condition,” Tsivilyov mentioned.

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Members of Russian emergency services take part in a rescue operation following a fire in the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in the Kemerovo region, Russia, November 25, 2021. (Kemerovo Region Government/Handout via REUTERS)

Members of Russian emergency providers participate in a rescue operation following a fire in the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in the Kemerovo area, Russia, November 25, 2021. (Kemerovo Region Government/Handout through REUTERS)

Earlier Thursday, Russia’s performing minister for emergency conditions, Alexander Chupriyan, mentioned 44 miners have been hospitalized with accidents. The distinction in harm tolls reported by completely different officers could not be instantly reconciled.

In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 photo, rescuers prepare to work at a fire scene at a coal mine near the Siberian city of Kemerovo, about 3,000 kilometres (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, Russia. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations photo via AP)

In this Russian Emergency Situations Ministry Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 picture, rescuers put together to work at a fire scene at a coal mine close to the Siberian metropolis of Kemerovo, about 3,000 kilometres (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, Russia. (Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations picture through AP)

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Efforts to rescue the remainder are nonetheless ongoing, hampered by massive quantities of smoke.

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

Specialists participate in a rescue operation following a fire in the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in the Kemerovo area, Russia, November 25, 2021. (Russian Emergencies Ministry/Handout through REUTERS)

Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a prison probe into the fire on expenses of violating security rules that led to deaths.

A still image taken from video shows Investigators and rescuers during a rescue operation following a fire in the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in the Kemerovo region, Russia, November 25, 2021. (Russian Investigative Committee/Handout via REUTERS)

A nonetheless picture taken from video reveals Investigators and rescuers throughout a rescue operation following a fire in the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in the Kemerovo area, Russia, November 25, 2021. (Russian Investigative Committee/Handout through REUTERS)

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday prolonged his condolences to the households of the killed miners and ordered the federal government to supply all the mandatory help to those that had been injured, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov advised reporters.