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Fire at Russian power plant kills one, injures 13

11 July 2019

A fire broke out at a thermal power plant near Moscow on July 11 killing a woman and injuring 13 people. The blaze started at a natural gas pipeline on the premises of the power plant before being extinguished by firefighters a few hours later.

Severnaya thermal power plant - Image: Mosenergo PJSC / Anna Samarina
Severnaya thermal power plant - Image: Mosenergo PJSC / Anna Samarina

According to Tass, the fire spread over 1,000 square metres as flames and black smoke could be seen rising into the sky. The woman killed in the incident was a guard at the power plant. 

A high-pressure gas station, a gas pipeline, technical facilities and an administration building were ablaze on the premises of the Severnaya thermal power plant in the Mytishchi district of Moscow, the state news agency reported. Reuters is reporting that a warehouse and nearby buildings, including a youth hostel, were also affected by the fire.

The firefighting effort consisted of over 150 personnel, two helicopters and two fire engines. 

The gas-powered Severnaya thermal plant is owned by Mosenergo, a subsidiary of Gazprom. According to the company, the facility’s power generating equipment was not damaged in the fire. The plant has a capacity of 1,060 MWt and began operating in 1992.

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