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Most residents evacuated from Bashkortostan village amid fire at former defense depot

June 03, 2015, 15:10 UTC+3
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UFA, June 3./TASS/. Almost all residents of Urman, a settlement in the Russian republic of Bashkortostan in the Urals, have been evacuated because of a fire at a former military supply depot, the press service of Iglino district reports.

It says more than 2,500 out of 2,680 residents have been evacuated to temporary accommodation facilities. Regional emergencies ministry spokesman, Radik Sharipov, said three accommodation centers have been opened.

An emergency situation regime was declared in the Iglino district, a source from the district administration told Tass.

There is no danger for the settlement, sources from the Ministry for Emergency Situations told Tass earlier. The fire began amid work to dispose of gunpowder, in which old wooden boxes for ammunition caught fire through negligence, the emergencies ministry said.

A total of 129 people assisted by 54 units of hardware are putting out the fire. A major fire in which ammunition exploded occurred at a military arsenal outside Urman on May 26, 2011. Twelve people were injured then and 40 houses were damaged leaving 115 people without shelter.

The houses were built anew, while the military arsenal was inactivated after the fire. Two people, a colonel and a private soldier, were found guilty.

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