Thousands of passengers had to be evacuated and dozens needed medical help after a fire broke out on the subway in downtown Moscow during the morning rush-hour on Wednesday, throwing the system into chaos, transport officials said. Source: RIA Novosti / Gerda Antonova
More than 60 people injured by the Moscow metro fire on Wednesday morning have asked for medical attendance, according to Chief of the Moscow Health Department Georgy Golukhov. At least 17 were hospitalized, he said.
There were a lot of ambulances outside the Okhotny Ryad metro station, an Interfax correspondent reported.
A high-voltage cable caught fire in a tunnel between the Okhotny Ryad and Biblioteka Imeni Lenina stations of the Sokolnicheskaya (red) line of the Moscow metro at 8.30 a.m. Moscow time.
Some 4,500 passengers were evacuated from the station. However, four trains with passengers were in tunnels of the Sokolnicheskaya line.
The Moscow metro fire resulted in the mass evacuation of passengers. Source: RIA Novosti / Youtube
The fire was extinguished at 9.05 a.m. Yet aftrewards, smoke once again stopped the traffic on the Moscow metro line.
"Power supply to the contact rail was halted again at 12:36 p.m. on Wednesday because of the smoke," the metro press service said.
The smoke was detected in the same tunnel, on the former fire scene.
"All the trains carrying passengers were stopped at the stations and there were no passengers inside tunnels," the Moscow police told after it evacuated people.
"There is no panic, standard operations are being performed," the source added.
Three Moscow metro passengers harmed by the Wednesday morning fire were taken to a hospital intensive care unit, a city medical source told Interfax.
"A 26-year-old female Muscovite, a 47-year-old woman and a 43-year-old woman are staying at the intensive care unit of the city clinical hospital," the source said.
The women are suffering from smoke inhalation; one of them has bronchial asthma. The condition of the three women is medium serious.
"A short circuit in a power cable might have started the fire,"a city police source said.
The stations of the central section of the Sokolnicehskaya line of the Moscow metro re-opened to passengers following a fire, but the line will be fully fixed only by Thursday, the press service for the Moscow metro said.
"Trains now run on the entire Sokolnicehskaya line, but they run with increased intervals on the section between Park Kultury and Komsomolskaya," the press service said.
The maintenance work on the "red line" of the metro will be completed in the early hours of June 6 and trains will resume normal operation on the line on Thursday.
"The metro administration is asking passengers to use other metro stations, when possible," the press service said.
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