Fire on Russian atomic icebreaker kills 2, no leak

December 15, 2011 07:29


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MOSCOW - A fire broke out aboard an atomic-powered icebreaker in Siberian waters on Thursday, killing two crewmen but causing no radiation leak, Russian authorities said.

A third man suffered from smoke inhalation in the pre-dawn fire on the icebreaker Vaygach near the mouth of the Yenisei river close to Russia's northern coast on the Kara Sea, the regional branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

The blaze was extinguished two and a half hours after it started in living quarters aboard the ship, and there was no threat of a radiation leak, the ministry said in a statement on its website.

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