Central Moscow subway station closed because of fire

The Okhotny Ryad subway station near the Kremlin, was closed during rush hours on Wednesday morning because of dense smoke and fire, evacuation is underway, a source in the Russian emergencies ministry’s press office said, RIA Novosti reports.

“A power cable caught fire, evacuation is underway,” the source said.

The station, located at the depth of 15 meters, is blanketed in smoke and escalators are switched off. According to the Moscow emergencies service, a fire broke out in a tunnel between Biblioteka Imeni Lenina and Okhotny Ryad, two stations of the Moscow Metro’s oldest Sokolnicheskaya line.

Firefighting effort began when electricity supplies were cut off, enabling firefighters to enter the tunnel.

A spokesman for the Moscow police department said smoke was detected inside a train moving towards the Biblioteka Imeni Lenina station.

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