30 Dec '11, 9am

Russian nuclear submarine fire contained, no radiation threat

Russian nuclear submarine fire contained, no radiation threat

MOSCOW: Russian officials said a fire on a nuclear submarine had been contained Friday and ruled out radiation threats but said some crew members were still aboard. "There are no open flames," a defence ministry statement said. Officials said the boat had been partially submerged overnight to help contain the fire. "A part of the crew is on board the submarine and is monitoring the temperature and carbon dioxide parameters in all sections of the boat," news agencies quoted the statement as saying. The 11,740-tonne Yekaterinburg -- one of Russia's most powerful nuclear submarines -- was undergoing repairs in the northern region of Murmansk near Norway when some wooden structures in the shipyard caught fire on Thursday. The flames spread quickly to the outer hull and continued to burn overnight despite a massive salvage operation with 11 fire crews, several helicopters and a...

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