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Fire continues at nuclear sub in Murmansk

December 30, 2011, 1:20 UTC+3
Investigators said construction waste caught fire on Thursday afternoon in the dry dock in the settlement of Roslyakovo
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MURMANSK, December 30 (Itar-Tass) —— Fire continues at the Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine docked in Murmansk region despite earlier claims that it had been extinguished.

“Despite partial submersion of the submarine into the water in the dock the fire has not been localized. Close to a hundred people and 40 pieces of hardware are fighting the blaze,” the regional emergencies service told Tass late on Thursday adding “there is no threat to the population and the radioactive background is normal.”

Investigators said construction waste caught fire on Thursday afternoon in the dry dock in the settlement of Roslyakovo in northwestern Murmansk region and spread to the outside hull of the submarine which was under repairs there.

Firemen continue to fight the blaze at the docked nuclear submarine Yekaterinburg with foam and water, the regional emergencies service said early on Friday.

“Firemen pour foam on burning hotbeds on the nuclear submarine and cool down its hull with water,” it said adding nobody has been injured.

“Despite partial submersion of the submarine into the water in the dock the fire has not been localized. Close to a hundred people and 40 pieces of hardware are fighting the blaze,” the service said adding “there is no threat to the population and the radioactive background is normal.”

Construction waste caught fire on Thursday afternoon in the dry dock in the settlement of Roslyakovo in northwestern Murmansk region and spread to the outside hull of the submarine which was under repairs there.

Both nuclear reactors of the submarine were shut down at the moment, regional Governor Dmitry Dmitrienko said adding there was no threat of radioactive contamination.

Northern Fleet spokesman Vadim Serga ruled out the fire may spread inside the submarine.

 

 

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