More than 300 people were evacuated on Wednesday from the Kostenko coalmine in Central Kazakhstan’s Karaganda Region, the republic’s emergencies ministry said .
“A total of 319 people have been evacuated. No casualties have been reported,” the ministry said in a statement.
The fire broke out at a depth of 30 meters. More than 50 rescuers and 13 vehicles are involved in firefighting efforts.
The mine is owned by ArcelorMittal Temirtau, the Kazakh unit of the global steel company, ArcelorMittal.
Last July, a gas blowout killed two workers at another ArcelorMittal Temirtau coalmine in the region.
ASTANA, April 27 (RIA Novosti)