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One injured, two missing in Russian arms depot blaze

14 June 2012

A fire at an artillery depot in the Urals region injured one person and left another two missing, according to RIA Novosti, quoting local emergency services. The weapons storage site at the Buzulsky district of the Orenburg Region caught fire on June 11, triggering a series of explosions.

A Russian Il-76 waterbomber in action
A Russian Il-76 waterbomber in action

Helicopters and waterbombing aircraft from Russia's Emergencies Ministry joined firefighting teams at the site of the blaze, making seven water drops altogether, according to the Volga Region Emergencies Ministry.

Rescuers poured 270 tons of water on the fire site and evacuated 700 people from the surrounding area. The evacuees returned home on June 13 after the fire was extinguished.

The accident is the latest in a string of incidents involving fires and explosions at military storage sites in Russia. On May 30, three servicemen were injured in a blast that rocked a military range in Russia‚Äôs Far East and on May 18, one person was injured in an ammunition depot fire in the Primorsk Territory. In June 2011, blasts shook an ammunition depot in Russia's Urals republic of Udmurtia, leaving 95 people injured.

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