Firefighters have extinguished a blaze onboard Russia's only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, which is under renovation in Murmansk, northwest Russia, a source in the emergencies services told TASS on Friday.
"At around 5 a.m. the fire was extinguished. The fire covered 500 square meters," the source said. The firefighters continue dropping water on the scene.
The fire broke out in the first power unit of the eighth deck on Thursday morning. One person was killed and 12 others were injured. One of them is in serious condition and another 11 are in moderately grave state. The fate of one crew member remains unknown.
Safety rules' violation are considered as a likely cause of the fire, according to TASS.
source: commonspace/.eu with TASS news agency, Moscow.
Specialists at the University of Sheffield in the UK estimate that the blast had about one tenth of the explosive power of the atomic bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War Two and was "unquestionably one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in history".