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Moscow Subway Fire Forces Evacuation


People wait for the reopening of the Komsomolskaya subway station on the red line in Moscow on June 5.

People wait for the reopening of the Komsomolskaya subway station on the red line in Moscow on June 5.

A fire on the Sokolnicheskaya line of Moscow's subway has forced the evacuation of thousands of commuters and caused the temporary closure of the line.

Authorities say the fire produced a large amount of smoke and reports say at least 45 people were injured

Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry said that the fire started on June 5 after a power cable appeared to have short-circuited in the tunnel between the Okhotny Ryad and Lenin Library stations.

The ministry said the blaze was extinguished later in the morning.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS, Interfax, and AFP
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