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Fire at Urals Artillery Depot Put Out

RIA Novosti

10:37 13/06/2012

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, June 13 (RIA Novosti) - Firefighters have finally put out a blaze at an artillery depot in the Urals region that injured one person and left another two missing, emergency services said.

The weapons storage site at the Buzulsky district of the Orenburg Region caught fire on Monday afternoon, triggering a series of explosions, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

“The fire has been extinguished. Now we are checking and pouring more water to make sure. Today we plan to pull out the federal emergencies group,” said Oleg Zugeyev, chief spokesman for the Volga region emergencies services.

Rescuers have poured 270 tons of water on the fire site and evacuated 700 people from the surrounding areas. Various estimates have put the number of those affected by the conflagration at one to four people.

Zugeyev said the evacuees would be able to return home later on Wednesday.

The accident is the latest in a string of incidents involving fires and explosions at military storage sites in Russia.

On May 30, three servicemen were injured in a blast that rocked a military range in Russia’s Far East.

On May 18, one person was injured in an ammunition depot fire in the nearby Primorsk Territory.

Last June, blasts shook an ammunition depot in Russia's Urals republic of Udmurtia, leaving 95 people injured.

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