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Fire at gas pipeline near power plant in Moscow Region extinguished

One person was killed and 13 injured in the disaster

MYTISHCHI /Moscow Region/, July 11. /TASS/. Firefighters have extinguished a blaze that broke out at a gas pipeline on the premises of a thermal power plant in Mytishchi, near Moscow, Russian Deputy Emergencies Minister Ilya Denisov told reporters on Thursday.

"The fire at a high-pressure gas pipeline has been put out. The firefighting operation is underway at a transformer station and at certain hotbeds of fire, and a foam attack is being prepared. There is no threat to the residents of the Moscow Region and the environment," the official said.

By latest reports, fire in the administrative building has also been contained. "The fire has been contained," the source said.

Outside fire was extinguished as well, head of the Emergencies Ministry's Main Directorate for the Moscow Region Sergei Poletykin reported on Thursday.

"The outside fire was put out at 15:43 Moscow time," he told journalists.

Poletykin noted that the fire started as a result of gas leakage from the gas pipeline. Russian Deputy Emergencies Minister Ilya Denisov earlier said that the high-pressure pipeline broke, which led to a jet fire.

"There was a threat to a dormitory located nearby, but it was saved, just two square meters of the area were damaged, and in the near future the residents will be able to return to their rooms," Poletykin said.

The fire covered an area of over 1,000 square meters, the fire-fighting headquarters told TASS. "The building’s roof is on fire on an area of more than 1,000 square meters," the source said.

One person was killed and 13 were injured in the fire that sparked in the pipeline near the thermal power station in Mytishchi, Moscow Region, the Center for Emergency Medicine told TASS. "One person was killed, 12 people received outpatient treatment, and one more person was hospitalized," the source said.

The Emergencies Ministry specified that the body of the deceased person was found during the fire fighting operations.

The firefighting effort involved 157 personnel, two helicopters and two fire engines.

A high-pressure gas station, a gas pipeline, technical facilities and an administration building caught fire on the premises of the Severnaya thermal power plant in Chelobityevo, Mytishchi, on Thursday. 

The gas-powered Severnaya thermal plant in Mytishchi, with the capacity of 1,060 MWt, was put into service in 1992.