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Nine workers killed in underground inferno 363 metres deep in potassium mine

By The Siberian Times reporter
22 December 2018

Desperate rescue efforts failed to pull the men to safety after the earlier rescue of eight subcontractors.

Rescuers prepare to go inside the shaft

The nine men were burned alive with high temperatures and dense smoke preventing them being freed.

The workers got trapped underground with fire blocking exit inside the forth shaft of Uralkaliy mine that produces potassium-rich salt potash. 

There were seventeen workers cementing the shaft as the emergency situation began. Eight other men were rescued unharmed.

Comments (3)

This is heart breaking news....I was hoping they would be found safe and rescued. May God Bless the families of these brave deep underground miners who lost their lives. This is called making the supreme sacrifice while earning a living for those we love. God be with all these folks during this sad, sad, time we pray....
Ozzie Finley Sr, Mason County West Virginia
23/12/2018 12:08
RIP and heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of the miners who paid the highest price at their work. now that the shaft is cemented shut will it ever found out how the fire started? shoddy or not adhere to safety regulations? malfunctioning of old and worn out equipment? poor management? suppose we will never know. or they just will not tell the truth?
MORAK Benedikjt, Moscow
23/12/2018 08:32
So sad to read of such a tragedy at this celebratiry time of the year, especially, and am sending heartfelt condolences to all their friends and families who are concerned about the loss of friends and family who will be remembered and missed!
Patricia gothard, Laguna woods. CA. USA
23/12/2018 01:00

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