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MURMANSK, Russia-Russian officials say the fire that broke out on one of their nuclear submarines has been extinguished. The submarine, "Yekaterinburg" was in drydock outside the Russian city of Murmansk. Russia's military say the fire started on the scaffolding that was erected around the vessel.
The blazing boat threw flames high into the air throughout the night as firefighters fought to put out the fire engulfing the rubber hull of the sub. They were finally able to put out the last of the fire today.
Some members of the crew were inside the vessel as it burned. Seven of those were taken to hospitals to be treated for smoke inhalation. It is unknown if the crew were ordered to stay inside the submarine or if they were trapped within the inferno. Officials stated that there was never a danger of fire within the vessel and members of the crew said that the conditions inside the sub were normal.
No damage was done to the reactors aboard the submarine and no radiation was leaked as a result of the blaze. Russian officials stated that the reactors were shut down for the dry-dock work prior to the fire. Across the border in Norway, the Radiation Protection Authority there reported no increased levels of radiation detected. Norwegian officials were dismayed by the lack of information coming from Russia over the incident however. They say that the two countries have an information exchange agreement for such instances as the one just played out.
Officials also say that the nuclear tipped warheads normally carried by the sub had been removed from the vessel when it came into dry-dock in preparation for the repairs.
Although toxic fumes spread over the town of Roslyakovo, officials said there was never any need to evacuate the town. Sergei Shoigu, Russian Emergency Minister, said radiation monitoring that was stepped up for the incident will now go back to normal.
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