A HUGE fire engulfed a Russian power plant in 165ft flames that left one dead and dozens injured after a fire broke out on Thursday.
More than 70 fire fighting units and two helicopters rushed to the scene, and at least 11 people were left with first and second degree burns in what seemed like a chilling echo of the Chernobyl Disaster.
The large plant runs on natural gas, generating heat and electricity for the northern parts of Moscow[/caption]
More than 70 fire fighting units and two helicopters rushed to the scene[/caption]
At least 11 people were left with first and second degree burns[/caption]
Images showed flames and smoke billowing out of Plant no. 27, a modern natural gas powered generator serving northern Moscow.
The large plant runs on natural gas, generating heat and electricity for the northern parts of Moscow.
The fire started from an explosion at a gas pipeline, adjacent to the plant, which created a tall bursting flare, reported RT.
Deputy Emergency Situations Minister Ilya Denisov told journalists that the fire had been extinguished and one person hospitalised.
The operation of the power plant was suspended but the plant itself was not damaged, a senior energy official said.
According to Denisov, the fire was caused by a gas leak and that an investigation was being launched into the incident.
The Mytishchi power station TETs-27 has been in operation since 1992. Its total capacity is 1,068 megawatts and the main fuel used at the station is natural gas.
The town of Mytishchi is located just northeast of Moscow, some 20 kilometres from the city centre.
The flare from the pipeline was put out, and the fire was largely extinguished around two hours after it had started.
The ordeal has reminded people of the horrifying nuclear catastrophe in Chernobyl, which claimed 31 lives and left thousands of people and animals exposed to potentially fatal radiation.
When an alarm bellowed out at the nuclear plant on April 26, 1986, workers looked on in horror as the control panels signalled a major meltdown in the number four reactor.
The safety switches had been switched off in the early hours to test the turbine but the reactor overheated and generated a blast – the equivalent of 500 nuclear bombs.
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The reactor’s roof was blown off and a plume of radioactive material was blasted into the atmosphere.
As air was sucked into the shattered reactor, it ignited flammable carbon monoxide gas causing a fire which burned for nine days.
The catastrophe released at least 100 times more radiation than the atom bombs dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
The fire was largely extinguished around two hours after it had started[/caption]
The fire left one dead and dozens injured after a fire broke out on Thursday[/caption]
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