Fire on Russian nuclear submarine Orel extinguished


Fire on Russian nuclear submarine “Eagle” in Severodvinsk put out by sinking submarine dock.

It was decided to flood the dock after it became clear that it was impossible to deal with fire in the usual way, BBC reports.

The fire occurred in the bottom of the nuclear submarine Orel, which was under repair at the shipyard Zvezdochka in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk region of Russia.

No one was injured, according to the plant officials. The radiation background in the city is within the normal range, claims the administration of Severodvinsk.

The fire broke out through the violation of the welding operations, says the spokesperson of the shipyard Zvezdochka Eugene Gladyshev.

“All its ammunition (the sub – ed.) was unloaded beforehand. The power plant before repair was completely sealed. There is no nuclear fuel,” added Gladyshev.

Earlier, he said that the fire at the Orel is not a threat to other vessels.

“The submarine is in the docking chamber with high walls,” Mr. Gladyshev was quoted by agency TASS.

Over the past ten years, it has been at least the fifth case of submarine fire at the Zvezdochka. Two people were killed in earlier incidents.

Another submarine of the Project 949 Antey was a nuclear submarine Kursk that sank in the Barents Sea in 2000. A crew of 118 died on Kursk.

belsat.eu/en/, bbc.co.uk

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