Sunday 23 April 2017

Massive fire engulfs nuclear sub in Russia

Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow

A massive fire engulfed a Russian nuclear submarine at an Arctic shipyard yesterday.

The fire at the Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine occurred while it was in dock for repairs at the Roslyakovo shipyard in the Murmansk region.

"No one has been hurt and there has been no radiation leak," said a spokeswoman for the Emergencies Ministry.

Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said all the weapons had been unloaded from the sub and its reactor had been shut down before the repairs.

Mr Konashenkov said the fire had started on the wooden scaffolding and then engulfed the submarine's outer hull.

He said the fire had been contained, and there was no danger of it spreading inside.

Russian TV showed footage from the scene, with flames reaching far into the night skies over the massive dock.

The fire sparked radiation fears, but officials insisted that it posed no danger.

Irish Independent

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