MOSCOW, October 8. /TASS/. The fire at an ammunition depot near Ryazan in central Russia has been contained, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Dmitry Bulgakov staying at the scene announced on Thursday.
"Following the results of the work we have carried out, we can confidently say that the fire has been contained both on the depot’s technical premises and outside it along the entire perimeter," the Defense Ministry quoted Bulgakov as saying.
A fire broke out on the technical premises of a military base in the Ryazan Region on Wednesday afternoon. Munitions started to explode as a result of the blaze. A criminal case has been opened into the incident and an emergency regime has been introduced in the region.
Russia’s Emergencies Minister Yevgeny Zinichev reported to President Vladimir Putin on Thursday that 16 people had suffered from the explosions and over 20 buildings had been damaged.
The grouping of forces and equipment involved in eliminating the fire and the explosions at the ammunition depot in the Ryazan Region comprised 1,500 personnel and 389 pieces of hardware.