Multiple injuries reported after fire breaks out at Moscow power plant

Thermal Power Plant No. 27, Mytishchi Moskva News Agency

Thermal Power Plant No. 27, Mytishchi Moskva News Agency

"One person was killed, 12 people received outpatient treatment, and one more person was hospitalized", the source said. Its four reactors supply part of Moscow and the Moscow region with electricity and centralised hot water and heating. The causes of the fire are not yet known, though Interfax reported that it may have been ignited by construction-related damage to the gas pipeline where it began.

The gas-powered Severnaya thermal plant in Mytishchi, with the capacity of 1,060 MWt, was put into service in 1992.

Emergency services deployed more than 150 firefighters to the scene, as well as dozens of vehicles including fire engines, helicopters and trains, Zhanna Terekhova, spokeswoman for the emergency services, said on state television. The authorities warned drivers not to use nearby highways as the smoke hindered traffic and one highway leading to Moscow's ring road was closed entirely.

"In firefighting terms, the blaze has been given the highest level of difficulty", RFERL reported. The situation was also unsafe due to the risks of additional blasts and because a residential area and a large mall are located close by.

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By latest reports, fire in the administrative building has also been contained.

A woman who worked as a guard at the power plant was killed and 13 people were injured, according to emergency services cited by RIA. The agency, which oversees the power plant, had earlier said that no one from its personnel was hurt.

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