There were 285 people in the Listvyazhnaya mine, Russia’s emergency services said, and 236 had been brought to the surface. The rescue operation was ongoing.
Regional Governor Sergei Tsivilev, writing on his Telegram channel, said one person had died and another 43 had been injured, two of whom were in a serious condition, news agencies reported.
“According to preliminary data, a number of workers suffered from smoke poisoning. The number of victims is being specified,” the regional branch of Russia’s Investigative Committee said in an earlier statement.
It had initially said 115 miners had been working at the time of the fire.