Local media reported that a fire broke out at EVRAZ’s ZSMK steel plant, also known as the West Siberian Iron & Steel, in the city of Novokuznetsk in Russia's Kemerovo region on 24 September 2022. Evraz ZSMK said that it was attempting to release gas through the furnace doors causing fire and it took 1.5 hours to resume operations and plant is reportedly operating as usualThe West Siberian Iron and Steel Works were launched in 1964. The first pig iron was produced in 1964, and in 1968 a basic oxygen furnace shop was launched. In 1992, the plant was privatized, and in 2002 it became part of the EVRAZ company group. Since 2011, ZSMK plant has been merged with NKMK, but the name EVRAZ ZSMK has been retained for both plants combined. Now ZSMK includes a coking plant, blast-furnace, steel-smelting and rolling production. Steel is smelted in the basic oxygen furnace shops with a total capacity of 8 million tonnes of steel per year. The blast furnace has a design capacity of about 4.4 million tonnes of pig iron.