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Huge Fire Breaks out at Power Station Outside Moscow

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7Dnews London - AFP

Thu, 11 Jul 2019 20:09 GMT

A worker was killed when a fire erupted for hours at a gas-fired power station in the town of Mytishchi, outside Moscow, Thursday 11th July, damaging a nearby warehouse, office building and a hostel, emergency services said.

A female employee was unable to escape in time, as the fire sent a plume of smoke and flames 50 metres (165 feet) into the sky, Russia's emergency ministry said.

"While searching through debris at the fire scene, one fatality was discovered," the ministry said.

Fourteen people received medical treatment, one of whom was hospitalised.

The fire broke out on the grounds of Power Station No. 27, some 20 kilometres (13 miles) from Moscow, around 11:00 am (0800 GMT), and took about five hours to put out.

The smoke and flames were visible from the capital, and the emergencies ministry said the fire blazed over an area of 800 square metres (8,600 square feet), though the power station itself, including its cooling towers, were not affected.

The emergency services sent helicopters to drop water, and fire-fighting trains to tackle the blaze, with some 160 firefighters at the scene.