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    A policeman gets water for his dog outside a subway station in downtown Moscow on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. A rush-hour fire in Moscow’s subway injured dozens of people, forced the evacuation of thousands of commuters and closed parts of the network on Wednesday, authorities said. As firefighters were putting out the fire, authorities closed one of the subway lines that cuts through central Moscow. Eyewitnesses say central Moscow streets were thronged with crowds who ended up walking to work. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)

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    Ambulances parked outside a subway station in downtown Moscow on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. A rush-hour fire in Moscow’s subway injured dozens of people, forced the evacuation of thousands of commuters and closed parts of the network on Wednesday, authorities said. As firefighters were putting out the fire, authorities closed one of the subway lines that cuts through central Moscow. Eyewitnesses say central Moscow streets were thronged with crowds who ended up walking to work. (AP Photo/Alexander Roslyakov)

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    Police block a passage at a subway station in Moscow.

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    In this image done with mobile phone camera, police block a passage at a subway station in Moscow Wednesday, June 5, 2013. A rush-hour fire in Moscow’s subway injured dozens of people, forced the evacuation of thousands of commuters and closed parts of the network on Wednesday, authorities said. As firefighters were putting out the fire, authorities closed one of the subway lines that cuts through central Moscow. Eyewitnesses say central Moscow streets were thronged with crowds who ended up walking to work. (AP Photo/Echo Moskvy, Andrey Poznyakov)

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    Ambulances parked outside a subway station in downtown Moscow on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. A rush-hour fire in Moscow’s subway injured dozens of people, forced the evacuation of thousands of commuters and closed parts of the network on Wednesday, authorities said. As firefighters were putting out the fire, authorities closed one of the subway lines that cuts through central Moscow. Eyewitnesses say central Moscow streets were thronged with crowds who ended up walking to work. (AP Photo/Alexander Roslyakov)

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    CORRECTS DATE - In this image made by a mobile phone camera, people leave a subway station in downtown Moscow on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. A rush-hour fire in Moscow’s subway injured dozens of people, forced the evacuation of thousands of commuters and closed parts of the network on Wednesday, authorities said. As firefighters were putting out the fire, authorities closed one of the subway lines that cuts through central Moscow. Eyewitnesses say central Moscow streets were thronged with crowds who ended up walking to work. (AP Photo/Echo Moskvy, Andrey Poznyakov)

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    CORRECTS DATE - In this image made by a mobile phone camera, people leave a subway station in downtown Moscow on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. A rush-hour fire in Moscow’s subway injured dozens of people, forced the evacuation of thousands of commuters and closed parts of the network on Wednesday, authorities said. As firefighters were putting out the fire, authorities closed one of the subway lines that cuts through central Moscow. Eyewitnesses say central Moscow streets were thronged with crowds who ended up walking to work. (AP Photo/Echo Moskvy, Andrey Poznyakov)

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    CORRECTS DATE - In this image made by a mobile phone camera, people leave a subway station in downtown Moscow on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. A rush-hour fire in Moscow’s subway injured dozens of people, forced the evacuation of thousands of commuters and closed parts of the network on Wednesday, authorities said. As firefighters were putting out the fire, authorities closed one of the subway lines that cuts through central Moscow. Eyewitnesses say central Moscow streets were thronged with crowds who ended up walking to work. (AP Photo/Echo Moskvy, Andrey Poznyakov)

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Police block a passage at a subway station in Moscow.

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MOSCOW — A rush-hour fire in Moscow’s subway today injured dozens of people, forced the evacuation of thousands of commuters and closed parts of the network, authorities said.

The fire started after a power cable caught fire in a tunnel leading to the Okhotny Ryad station adjacent to Red Square, the Emergencies Ministry said in a statement.

The ministry said nearly 60 people sought medical help and 11 were hospitalized. Most of them suffered from smoke inhalation. Thousands were evacuated.

As firefighters were putting out the fire, authorities closed one of the subway lines that cuts through central Moscow. Eyewitnesses say central Moscow streets were thronged with crowds who ended up walking to work.

The subway resumed regular service by noon Moscow time, but half an hour later officials again shut part of the line after they found a smoldering cable at another tunnel next to the Okhotny Ryad station. Normal service resumed two hours later.

Moscow’s subway is an essential transport link, serving up to 7 million people a day. Station or line closures are highly unusual for the network, which has the reputation of being the city’s most reliable means of transport.

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