Fire Causes Chaos on Moscow Metro
Penny Morvant for OMRI03/05/96
A fire broke out in the Moscow metro on 4 March, bringing the city's circle line to a halt during the morning rush hour, Russian and Western agencies reported. Four people were slightly injured as a result of the incident, caused by a short circuit in a stretch of high-voltage cable in a tunnel. Concern over subway safety mounted last year following a fire in the Soviet-era metro in the Azerbaijani capital Baku that killed about 300 people. Moscow subway workers have long complained that maintenance work is underfunded, and Izvestiya quoted the head of the Metrostroi company as saying equipment in older stretches of the system is so worn out that there could be a repetition of Monday's accident with more serious consequences.
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