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A fire at a coal mine in Russia's Siberia killed nine people and injured 44 others, with dozens of others still trapped.
Rescuers have already saved more than 200 people from the mine, authorities said on Thursday.
The blaze took place in the Kemerovo region in southwestern Siberia.
Russia's state Tass news agency reported, citing an unnamed emergency official, that coal dust caught fire, and that smoke quickly filled the mine through the ventilation system.
A total of 285 people were in the mine at the time of the incident, 237 of them have been evacuated.
Efforts to rescue the rest are still ongoing, hampered by large amounts of smoke.
Russia's Investigative Committee has launched a criminal probe into the fire on charges of violating safety regulations that led to deaths.
"According to preliminary data, a number of workers suffered from smoke poisoning. The number of victims is being specified," the committee said in an earlier statement.