Smoke was detected in the mine at a depth of about 200 meters on Sunday evening, APA reports citing TASS.
Out of 45 miners who were inside at the time, 33 got to the surface, while nine remained in the mine to assist rescue workers. A probe is underway into the incident.
One of the three miners who went missing following a smoke incident at the Yareganeft mine in Russia’s Komi region has been found alive, a spokesperson for the Emergencies Ministry told TASS on Monday.
A press officer of the Lukoil-Komi company told TASS earlier that all three miners had been rescued alive. Yareganeft is a production unit of Lukoil-Komi.
"One of the injured has been brought to the surface alive. There is still no information on the other two miners," the Emergencies Ministry spokesperson pointed out.
Firefighters have contained blaze at the Yareganeft mine in northwestern Russia’s Komi region where two miners have gone missing, the Emergencies Ministry told TASS on Monday.
"Fire at the mine has been contained on the area of 2,000 square meters," a spokesman for the ministry said.
The firefighting and search effort involved nearly 100 personnel and 11 pieces of equipment.