KARVINA, Czech Republic – An explosion at a coal mine in the eastern Czech Republic killed 13 miners, officials and the state-owned mine operator Ostrava-Karvina Mines said on Friday.
The incident, caused by a methane blast about 800 meters (2,625 feet) underground, occurred late Thursday at the CSM mine, located near the city of Karvina, about 300 kilometers (186 miles) east of Prague.
“At the beginning of today’s meeting, we will hold a minute of silence in the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament for the victims of the tragedy in the CSM mine,” Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said on his official Twitter account.
The injured have been transferred to the Burns Clinic of the University Hospital in Ostrava, a spokesman for mine said.
According to Polish media 12 of the fatal victims were Polish and one was from the Czech Republic.
The explosion devastated large areas of the mine.
Rescue teams continued to search for victims and possible survivors.