Russia: Fire on Nuclear Submarine at Repair Yard in Arkhangelsk

April 7, 2015 Updated: July 18, 2015

A fire was reported on a Russian nuclear submarine at a shipyard in Russia’s Arkhangelsk.

According to AFP and Reuters, emergency service workers were on the scene.

The Zvyozdochka shipyard did not issue a statement on the reports.

It is unclear if there were any injuries.

It’s also not known if there were any nuclear missiles on board the submarine or if there was, how many.

Arkhangelsk is located in Russia’s northwest and has a port in the White Sea.

“The fire started in the ninth section of the sub close to the stern,” a spokesman for the shipyard, Evgeny Gladyshev, was quoted by state-run RT.com as saying. “All the personnel left the submarine and fire brigades are currently dousing the flames.”

 

The fire broke out in the Zvezdochka shipyard in Severodvinsk, about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) north of Moscow on the White Sea. After several hours trying to extinguish the fire, officials decided in the evening to let water into the dry dock to partly submerge the burning ship.

The state news agency Tass said the ship that caught fire was the Orel, an Oscar II-class submarine that is capable of carrying nuclear-tipped cruise and anti-submarine missiles.

Ilya Zhitomirsky, a spokesman for the United Shipbuilding Corporation which runs the shipyard, said the submarine’s weapons and critical elements of its nuclear reactor had been removed before the repairs started. He told The Associated Press that no one was injured in the fire, which he said started in the vessel’s insulation.

Early reports say the fire was caused by a welding accident.

The Associated Press also contributed to this article.

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