7 dead in fire at Russian explosives plant
Published: 04:17 PM, 22 October 2021
A fire broke out on Friday at an industrial explosives factory southeast of the Russian capital Moscow; Photo: Collected
Seven people have died and nine are missing after a fire broke out on Friday at an industrial explosives factory southeast of the Russian capital, the emergencies ministry said.
“Seventeen people were injured, of them, seven died, one has been hospitalized and the fate of nine people remains unknown,” the ministry said in a statement. – reports AFP.
Earlier, it said the fire could have broken out due to “violations of the technological processes and safety measures” at the PGUP Elastic factory in the Ryazan region.
The plant in the village of Lesnoye, around 300 kilometers (180 miles) from Moscow, says on its website that it produces industrial explosives.
The emergencies ministry said it first received a report that a fire had broken out at the plant at 08:22 local time.
The head of the local administration earlier told the TASS news agency that the 17 people were inside the plant’s workshop at the time of the fire. The ministry said it had deployed more than 170 rescuers to the area. – AFP