Nuclear sub fire doused
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