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Fire at scrapped nuclear sub in north Russia extinguished

RIA Novosti


ARKHANGELSK, February 20 (RIA Novosti) - A nuclear submarine fire at the Zvezdochka shipyard in north Russia's Arkhangelsk Region was put out at 05:58 a.m. Moscow time (02:58 GMT) on Saturday, according to a company source.

Local authorities said the fire had started in the hold of the third compartment of the K-480 Ak Bars nuclear submarine being scrapped on Friday at about 02:45 p.m. (11:45 GMT). None of almost 70 people involved in the firefighting operation has been injured.

The accident reportedly posed no radiation danger, as nuclear fuel had earlier been removed from the reactor.

The Severodvinsk-based shipyard has seen nuclear submarine fires before. In October 2009, isolating materials caught fire at the Kazan sub, and it also took firemen several hours to put it out. A small fire was reported at another nuclear submarine in August 2007.

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