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Nuclear submarine fire extinguished says Russia

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Nuclear submarine fire extinguished says Russia


A massive fire aboard a Russian nuclear submarine at a naval shipyard has been put out according to the country’s emergencies minister.

The vessel was partially submerged to reduce the intensity of the flames after hours of fighting the blaze in which at least nine people were injured.

It is thought wooden scaffolding caught fire during welding repairs to the submarine in the northern Murmansk region.

Officials said some crew stayed on board to monitor the Yekaterinburg’s nuclear reactors. Authorities insisted they had been shut down before the work started and never posed no danger.

It is not the first disaster for the Russian nuclear submarine fleet, with memories of the deadly Kursk sinking in 2000 still fresh in many minds.

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