29 Dec '11, 5pm

Russian nuclear submarine on fire during repairs

MOSCOW: One of Russia's biggest nuclear submarines caught fire on Thursday while undergoing repairs in dock in the northern Murmansk region but experienced no radiation leak, officials said. The 11,740-tonne Yekaterinburg had all of its nuclear missiles and conventional rockets removed before entering the Roslyakovo dock near Russia's border with Norway, a defence ministry spokesman said. The fire began during the repair work and quickly spread from the shipyard's wooden structures to the submarine's outer hull, Northern Fleet navy spokesman Vadim Serga told the Interfax news agency. Emergency workers launched a massive salvage operation involving 11 fire brigades and a navy fire boat but television footage showed huge clouds off smoke billowing from the shipyard even after the flames had been contained. A special helicopter was also dousing the flames with tonnes of water...

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