Nu­clear sub fire doused

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MUR­MANSK: Rus­sia said it had doused a rag­ing blaze aboard a nu­clear sub­ma­rine af­ter nearly a full day and night by par­tially sub­merg­ing the ves­sel af­ter bat­tling the flames with water from he­li­copters and tug boats.

There was no ra­di­a­tion leak and crew in­side the sub­ma­rine were mon­i­tor­ing the stricken ves­sel’s nu­clear re­ac­tors that had been shut down, Rus­sian of­fi­cials said.

At least nine peo­ple were in­jured fight­ing the flames which wit­nesses, quoted by lo­cal me­dia, said rose 10m above the Yeka­ter­in­burg sub­ma­rine at the navy ship yard in the Mur­mansk re­gion of north­ern Rus­sia.

“The fire on the sub­ma­rine has been to­tally ex­tin­guished,” Emer­gen­cies Min­is­ter Sergei Shoigu told of­fi­cials lead­ing the fire­fight­ing ef­fort, more than 20 hours af­ter the blaze be­gan on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Of­fi­cial state­ments were vague, but the blaze is be­lieved to have started when wooden scaf­fold­ing caught fire dur­ing weld­ing re­pairs to the 167m Yeka­ter­in­burg sub­ma­rine, which had been hoisted into a dry dock. – Reuters

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