One Dead, 13 Injured In Large Fire Near Power Plant Outside Moscow

Moskva news agency

Huge flames could be seen leaping into the sky, said an eyewitness quoted by the RIA news agency, who added that the flames were 50 meters (yards) high. The fire was localized to an area of 800 square meters (8,611 square feet), and at 2:09 PM, Emergencies Ministry employees officially announced that the fire at the pipeline had been eliminated.

A high-pressure gas station, a gas pipeline, technical facilities and an administration building caught fire on the premises of the Severnaya thermal power plant in Chelobityevo, Mytishchi, on Thursday. The emergency services sent in helicopters to drop water and fire-fighting trains to tackle the blaze, with more than 150 firefighters at the scene.

The fire and its aftermath do not present a threat to nearby residential areas, first responders said.

One person has died and 13 have been injured in a large fire that broke out near a power station in the town of Mytishchi, near Moscow, a Russian official says.

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The Northern Thermal Power Plant provides electricity for Mytishchi and parts of Moscow - it covers neighborhoods in the Northern and Northeastern Districts of the city.

"The open flames have been extinguished", Interfax cited the emergencies ministry as saying.

The power plant was put into operation in 1992 and predominantly uses natural gas as fuel. Russian television reported that the cause of the fire "could have been an explosion".

Poletykin noted that the fire started as a result of gas leakage from the gas pipeline.

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