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4,500 passengers evacuated from Moscow Metro as fire breaks out

June 05, 2013, 9:54 UTC+3

Thirty-one people suffered from smoke inhalation

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MOSCOW, June 5 (Itar-Tass) - A cable caught fire in the Moscow Metro on Tuesday and rescue teams scrambled to evacuate about 4,500 people, city police told Itar-Tass.

Thirty-one people suffered from smoke inhalation. They addressed for first aid, of them four were hospitalized with poisoning.

The passengers were evacuated from the Okhotny Ryad and Lenin Library stations after a power cable caught fire in a tunnel between the stations. The approaches to the stations were crowded with stranded passengers as traffic halted along this subway line.

Spokesman for the city department of the Emergency Situations Ministry Viktor Biryukov said the fire had been extinguished at 09:04, Moscow time.

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