The number of victims of Moscow metro fire reaches almost 90

The overall number of people who asked for medical aid following a Wednesday fire at the Moscow Metro has nearly reached 90, a Moscow medical source told Interfax.

The overall number of people who asked for medical aid following a Wednesday fire at the Moscow Metro has nearly reached 90, a Moscow medical source told Interfax.

"As of 6:00 a.m. Thursday, 89 people turned for help to doctors following the fire on the Sokolnicheskaya Line of the Moscow Metro system," he said.

Twenty-seven of these people including 20 women, 5 men and two children, were hospitalized. By Thursday morning, four men and four women were released from the hospital.

Most of the patients have been diagnosed with poisoning with carbon monoxide, and some of them also complained about cardiovascular problems caused by stress, he said.

A short circuit in a power supply cable between two stations of the Moscow Metro system caused fire on Wednesday morning. About 4,500 people were urgently evacuated from under the ground.

A source in Moscow's law enforcement agencies has blamed a short circuit in a high-voltage electric cable for the fire that erupted in the tunnel between the Okhotny Ryad and Biblioteka Imeni Lenina stations of the Moscow metro on Wednesday.

"The Okhotny Ryad, Biblioteka Imeni Lenina, Krasnye Vorota, Kropotkinskaya, Chistye Prudy and Lubyanka were closed for passenger entrance and exist due to the blaze. Up to 5,000 people were evacuated, including 1,500 directly from the trains," the source told Interfax on Thursday.

The Moscow metro fire resulted in the mass evacuation of passengers. Source: RIA Novosti / Youtube 

According to the latest reports, services on the Sokolnicheskaya red line were disrupted from 8:20 a.m. until noon and from 12:40 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

Passengers were evacuated from three trains trapped in the tunnel between the Okhotny Ryad, Chistye Prudy and Biblioteka Imeni Lenina subway stations.

"On the night of Thursday, repair workers replaced some 20 cables at the site of the fire, including five high-voltage electric cables and ten communication cables," the source said.

Meanwhile, the Russian investigators try to find out the resins of the June 5 accident.

The Moscow metro administration could be reshuffled following Wednesday's fire, a city transport industry source told Interfax on Thursday.

"The city government has formed a commission to investigate the cause of the emergency on the Sokolnicheskaya metro line on Wednesday," he said. 

Officials of the Moscow metro administration who could lose their jobs after the accident include the metro's chief engineer, chief train service safety supervisor and chief power engineer, the source said.

Interfax has so far been unable to obtain official confirmation of the report.

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