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Russian Nuclear Submarine Catches Fire

Russian Nuclear Submarine Catches Fire

Reports indicated that a nuclear submarine has caught fire at a Russian Shipyard.

A fire has broken out on a Russian Nuclear Submarine at a Shipyard in Severodvinsk in the northern province of Arkhangelsk. 

The 155 metre-long 949 Antei Submarine was being repaired at the Zvyozdochka Shipyard when the blaze broke out.  

The fire on the nuclear submarine sent a thick cloud of smoke into the sky over the dockyard and the cloud could be seen from miles away.

“The fire started in the ninth section of the sub close to the stern, a spokesman for the shipyard, Evgeny Gladyshev, told RIA Novosti.

The cause of the fire is believed to be related to welding work:

"The area of fire is 20 square meters, burning insulation between the durable and lightweight body of the boat." a Russian police source source told RIA Novosti.

Nuclear fuel from the submarine was unload in 2013 prior to it's repair works, and there were no weapons on board.

A spokesperson for the shipyard told there were no casualties and all crew and workers left the craft in time.

“All the personnel left the submarine and fire brigades are currently dousing the flames.”

A similar fire at a nuclear submarine occurred in Russia in December 2011, when the K-84 Yekaterinburg of Delta-IV class caught fire during welding works at a shipbuilding dock.

The fire, which was caused by a violation of safety guidelines, first ignited scaffolding around the sub and later spread to the insulation between its hulls.

The massive fire, which lasted for some 20 hours, left nine people injured after inhaling toxic fumes and caused dozens of millions of dollars worth of damage.

By Eoin Donnelly