MOSCOW, August 6. /TASS/. The fire at an ammunition depot in the Krasnoyark Region’s Achinsky District has been extinguished, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Tuesday.
"The fire at an ammunition depot of the Central Military District in the Krasnoyarsk Region’s Achinsky District has been fully extinguished. Powder charges stopped detonating after 05:00 Moscow time," the ministry said.
According to the Defense Ministry, Ilyushin Il-76 military transport aircraft and Mil Mi-8 helicopters began dropping water to prevent the spread of fire.
Earlier on Tuesday, the ministry reported that an Il-76 aircraft had conducted reconnaissance in the Achinsk area to evaluate the possibility of using aircraft to drop water in the area where the fire had occurred.
Resuming regular operations
By now, the airspace above the ammo depot in Siberia’s Krasnoyarsk Region has been reopened, Russia’s Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday.
"The restrictions imposed on flights within the 20 km zone above Achinsk have been lifted," the ministry stated.
About the incident
On Monday afternoon, a storage facility containing powder charges for artillery ammunition ignited at a military unit of the Central Military District in the Krasnoyarsk Region’s Achinsky District. Evacuation of locals from settlements within a 20-kilometer zone from the accident’s epicenter started.
The number of people wounded in the explosions at the ammunition depot in the Krasnoyark Region’s Achinsky District has climbed to 13. A woman who sustained light wounds sought medical attention, a source in the Achinsk Central District Hospital informed TASS.
"A woman sought medical attention an hour ago. [She] refused to be hospitalized," the source said.
A source in the emergency services earlier reported one fatality, but the Defense Ministry denied that.