30 Dec '11, 2am

Russian nuclear submarine catches fire, has to be submerged to put out blaze

MOSCOW - Russia tried to submerge a burning nuclear submarine at a navy shipyard yesterday after battling for hours with helicopters and tug boats to bring the raging blaze under control. There was no radiation leak, the authorities said. Television pictures showed a giant plume of smoke above the yard in the Murmansk region of northern Russia as over 100 firemen struggled to douse flames which witnesses said rose 10 metres above the stricken vessel. Emergency workers said efforts to partially sink the submarine at the dock had failed to fully extinguish the fire. A Defence Ministry spokesman quoted by state news agency RIA said the blaze, which began at 1220 GMT, was under control more than eight hours later. Russia said the nuclear reactor had been shut down and all weapons had been removed from the 167-metre Yekaterinburg, which launched an intercontinental ballistic mi...

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