Moscow: Thousands of commuters were evacuated from the Moscow metro on Wednesday after a high-voltage electric cable caught fire, metro emergency officials said.

Around 4,500 people were evacuated after the fire broke out in a tunnel between the Okhotny Ryad and Biblioteka Imeni Lenina (Lenin Library) stations close to the Kremlin at around 8:20 am (0420 GMT).

The fire was extinguished in just over 40 minutes. A total of 45 people sought medical attention and seven were hospitalized.

The head of the Moscow metro system, Ivan Besedin, said that the fire started in a "complicated technical junction linked to the contact rail."


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