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Forty-seven injured, seven hospitalized as result of fire in Moscow metro

June 05, 2013, 12:22 UTC+3
The fire was a result of a short circuit in a metro tunnel between Okhotny Ryad and Biblioteka Lenina metro stations
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Photo EPA/ITAR-TASS

Photo EPA/ITAR-TASS

MOSCOW, June 5 (Itar-Tass) -Forty-seven people, including seven rushed to hospitals, have suffered as a result of a fire which broke out in the Moscow metro in the rush hour on Wednesday morning.

"Forty-seven people have asked for medical assistance, including seven brought to the Moscow Sklifosovsky mergency care hospital, a source from the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations told Itar-Tass.

The people hospitalized have been diagnosed with poisoning with fire fumes; their condition was assessed as satisfactory; the other people who asked for medical assistance are unwell as a result of a reaction to a strong stress, said a source from the Russian Health Ministry.

The fire was a result of a short circuit in a metro tunnel between Okhotny Ryad and Biblioteka Lenina metro stations.

Metro traffic on the "red' metro line remains paralyzed. The passengers stranded in the trains in the metro tunnel had to be evacuated.

The fire has been extinguished, but traffic on the "red" line from Park Kulturi as far as Komsomolskaya metro stations has not been resumed.

Metro trains on the "red" metro line are expected to resume normal schedule by approximately 1.30 pm Wednesday.

Crowds have gathered at metro stations on the ring metro line. The passengers have been recommended to use different public transport routes.

An emergency bus service has been organized for the transportation of passengers to the destination.

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