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14 tank cars with gas condensate burn out at railway station in Kirov Region

February 05, 2014, 16:29 UTC+3
EMERCOM says burning of this product does not pose any ecological hazard, neither any health risks
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KIROV, February 5. /ITAR-TASS/. As a result of a train derailment at Pozdino station in Kirov Region, 14 tank cars with gas condensate burned out, EMERCOM regional department reported.

The fire was assigned 4th, the highest complexity level. The rescue service specified that the fire spread to nearby facilities. A non-residential wooden house completely burned out, and about 30 garages were set on fire. “The firefighters managed to put out the fire on them, and they are currently checking the garage block in case there remains any fire,” head of EMERCOM press service Alexei Neustroyev told Itar-Tass.

He added that at present, there is no fire at the fire location, but a dense smoke remains. “It’s early to say about complete fire suppression,” the spokesperson noted.

Equipment for clearing the railroad has already arrived on the site of the incident. According to EMERCOM, people, who were evacuated from the accident’s area, are gradually leaving temporary accommodation points. The regional department of Russia’s Ministry of the Interior told Itar-Tass that “the cordon has not been removed as yet”, but pledged that in the soonest time people would be able to come back home.

In addition, the residential apartments remain without electricity and gas supply that are to be restored towards evening. EMERCOM explained that it is technically necessary that someone remains in the apartment in the moment of re-launching gas supply.


Railroad accident

The railway incident occurred at around 05:00 Moscow time on Wednesday (01:00 GMT) at Pozdino railway station in Novovyatsky district of the city of Kirov. Thirty-two wagons of a freight train with gas condensate derailed and 12 wagons caught fire then. No victims or injured were reported. EMERCOM says burning of this product does not pose any ecological hazard, neither any health risks.

According to the preliminary version of the prosecutor’s office, the fire was caused by the contact system breakage.

About 700 people were evacuated from the area of the accident. They are residents of houses standing nearby, as well as employees of a bread-baking complex. Some 100 people availed themselves of temporary accommodation points that were staged at a local school and a recreation center.

A task force of 340 people and 100 equipment units were engaged to rectificate the consequences of the accident. Among them are about 180 EMERCOM rescuers and 100 rescue equipment units. Two firefighting trains and over 15 fire teams are working at the site.

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