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United shipbuilding corporation confirms fire on scrapped nuclear sub in northern Russia

March 17, 2014, 14:22 UTC+3 MOSCOW
There is no threat to other objects at ship repair plant Nerpa in the city of Snezhnogorsk, Murmansk region
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Nerpa ship yard (archive)

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MOSCOW, March 17. /ITAR-TASS/ Russian United Shipbuilding Corporation has confirmed the fire of rubber insulation of Project 949A (former Krasnodar) multipurpose nuclear-powered submarine which had earlier been decommissioned from Russia’s Navy.

The fire broke out in the course of submarine’s scrapping at shipyard Nerpa in northern Russia’s Murmansk region on Monday.

“The submarine was decommissioned from Russia’s Navy long ago, carried neither weapons nor fuel and lubricants nor fissile radioactive material,” spokesman of the United Shipbuilding Corporation Aleksey Kravchenko told Itar-Tass on Monday. “There is no threat to other objects at ship repair plant Nerpa in the city of Snezhnogorsk, Murmansk region, where the submarine is docked,” Kravchenko stated. “There are no casualties in the fire,” he noted.

The rubber insulation caught fire during works to separate the submarine hull from fairing, the spokesman of the United Shipbuilding Corporation said. Eight fire trucks arrived at the incident site.

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