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File photo of a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker.
File photo of a Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker.
Image: AP Photo/Vladimir Chistyakov/PA Images

Two killed in blaze on Russian atomic icebreaker

A fire broke out on the nuclear-powered vessel in Siberia this morning, killing two crew and injuring a third.
Dec 15th 2011, 8:13 AM 1,887 11

TWO PEOPLE HAVE died after a fire broke out aboard a nuclear-powered icebreaker in Siberia.

An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the blaze, but authorities say there is no damage to the vessel’s reactor and that there is no radiation leak, RIA Novosti reports.

A third crew member was injured in the blaze which destroyed three cabins on board the vessel this morning. The fire was put out within three hours of its discovery, according to Russian officials.

ITAR-TASS reports that the ship was build in 1990 in Finland and is currently moored near Karaul in the Krasnoyarsk region.

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