A fire broke out yesterday on the Russian nuclear submarine Yekaterinburg, which was in drydock at the time of the incident. MSNBC reported this morning:
Russia said on Friday 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 which had been shut down, Russian officials said.
At least nine people were injured fighting the flames which witnesses quoted by local media said rose 30 feet 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 twenty hours after the blaze began Thursday afternoon at 7:20 a.m. ET.
In an earlier post, MSNBC reported:
An unspecified number of crew remain inside a burning nuclear submarine that caught fire on Thursday at an Arctic shipyard, Russia’s military said Friday.
Seven other crew were sent to hospitals after inhaling toxic fumes, the country’s defense ministry said.
State-owned news agency RIA reported military proescutor spokesman Alexander Grigoriev saying: “Some of [the crew] are still on the submarine. They consist of those servicemen who are ensuring the safety of of the nuclear submarine.”
MSNBC also reported:
The military said the fire had begun on wooden scaffolding and then engulfed the submarine’s rubber-coated outer hull. It said the sub’s nuclear reactor had been shut down and its 16 nuclear-tipped missiles had been unloaded before the repairs.
The ministry’s statement left it unclear whether the crew members inside the vessel were trapped there or ordered to stay inside.