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Seven hospitalized with carbon dioxide poisoning at sub fire site

December 30, 2011, 11:06 UTC+3
Seven people were hospitalized with carbon dioxide poisoning from the fire site onboard the Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine in the dock in Roslyakovo
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MOSCOW, December 30 (Itar-Tass) —— Seven people were hospitalized with carbon dioxide poisoning from the fire site onboard the Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine in the dock in Roslyakovo, spokesman of the military prosecutor’s office in the Northern Fleet Alexander Grigoryev told Itar-Tass on Friday.

“The health of injured people is out of danger,” he said.

He also confirmed that “the fire was localized.” “The prosecutor’s inquiry continues in the fire case, the prosecutor will take measures after the investigation,” Grigoryev said.

A criminal case was opened under Article 347 of the Criminal Code for the destruction or damage of the military property through negligence, a source in the Russian Investigative Committee told Itar-Tass earlier. The construction garbage caught fire at about 16:20 Moscow time on Thursday in Roslyakovo in the Murmansk Region in the dry dock of the 82nd shipyard, where the Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine underwent a planned repairs.

Two emergency workers and seven servicemen were earlier reported to be hospitalized with carbon dioxide poisoning in the fire-fighting onboard the nuclear submarine, a source in regional law enforcement agencies told Itar-Tass by phone.

Meanwhile, the fire onboard the nuclear submarine was fully localized, the reactor was halted, neither radiation contamination nor casualties were reported, a source in the information department of the Defence Ministry said, noting that several crewmen are staying onboard the nuclear submarine.

“The fire on the shell of the light hull of the Yekaterinburg strategic nuclear submarine, which is in the dock of the shipyard in Roslyakovo, the Murmansk Region, was localized fully. No open fire was reported,” the source said.

“The firemen are pouring water on the light hull and the space between light and pressure hulls of the nuclear submarine in the places of extinguished fire,” the source said.

“The clouds of vapour are seen at the fire site,” the source said.

“The reactor of the nuclear submarine was halted before putting in the dock. No radiation threat exists,” the source said.

“Several crewmen are staying onboard and are monitoring constantly the parameters (the temperature, carbon dioxide concentration level) in all compartments of the submarine. The commander of the submarine reported that the crew sustained no casualties and all parameters are normal. The posts were placed near the submarine and onboard the submarine and are taking radiation tests every 30 minutes,” the source said.

“According to the reports from the fire site, the radiation level is normal onboard the submarine and next to the submarine,” the source said.

Meanwhile, the emergency situation department in the Murmansk Region stated that the fire onboard the Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine does not pose any threat to the local population.

“The radiation level near the settlement of Roslyakovo and neighbouring districts is normal,” the emergency situation department said.

According to the detectors of the Murmansk territorial automatic radiation control system, the radiation level in Murmansk in Lobovaya Street, which is the closest one to Roslyakovo, makes nine micro-roentgens per hour, near the seaport in Severomorsk – nine micro-roentgens per hour, in the city – 5-8 micro-roentgens per hour and 11 micro-roentgens per hour in the settlement of Roslyakovo.

“The radiation indicators are within the normal radiation level. No threat for the local population exists,” the emergency situation department said.

The fire onboard the Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine was fully localized, the reactor was halted, neither radiation contamination nor casualties were reported, a source in the information department of the Defence Ministry said, noting that several crewmen are staying onboard the nuclear submarine.

“The fire on the shell of the external hull of the strategic nuclear submarine Yekaterinburg, which is in the dock of the shipyard in Roslyakovo, the Murmansk Region, was fully localized. No open fire was reported,” the source said.

“The firemen are pouring water on the light hull and the space between light and pressure hulls of the submarine in the places of fire,” the source said.

 

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