Deaths at Russian arms depot blaze

Two dead and seven injured in series of blasts at depot outside city of Ulyanovsk.

    Russian television showed flames billowing from the arms depot, located east of Moscow [AFP]

    "I am extremely happy that more than 40 people escaped from that warehouse because they were exactly those people we considered were missing," Sergei Morozov, Ulyanovsk's governor, told state television.

    A subsequent report said 11 others were unaccounted for, but Sergei Davydov, an aide to Morozov, said it was possible the missing civilian and military personnel were with relatives.

    More than 3,000 people were evacuated from the area following the blasts, which took place while munitions were being detonated in a controlled operation at the city's number 31 arms depot, the Ulyanovsk branch of Russia's FSB security service said in a statement.

    'Isolated explosions'

    Morozov said the fire was out, but that isolated explosions continued late on Friday.

    Russia's Interfax news agency quoted the governor as saying six people remained hospitalised.

    Several explosions and fires have occurred at munitions storage facilities in the former Soviet Union in recent years.

    Ulyanovsk, located about 900km east of Moscow, the capital, is best known as the birthplace of Vladimir Lenin, the Bolshevik leader.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Meet the deported nurse aiding asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

    Meet the deported nurse helping refugees at the border

    Francisco 'Panchito' Olachea drives a beat-up ambulance around Nogales, taking care of those trying to get to the US.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.