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Multiple injuries reported after fire breaks out at Moscow power plant

Multiple injuries reported after fire breaks out at Moscow power plant

They labeled the fire an event of Level 3 complexity out of the five available levels. The plume of fire subsided after authorities switched off the gas supply but black smoke continued to billow as gas already released continued to burn.

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. "One person was killed, 12 people received outpatient treatment, and one more person was hospitalized", the source said.

There was no risk of the fire spreading to nearby residential areas, it said. The power plant itself and the equipment attached to it were not damaged either, according to officials in Russia's Energy Ministry.

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

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"The open flames have been extinguished", Interfax cited the emergencies ministry as saying. Sections of the Ostashkovsky Highway have been closed off due to the fire.

The Northern Thermal Power Plant provides electricity for Mytishchi and parts of Moscow - it covers neighborhoods in the Northern and Northeastern Districts of the city.

One person was killed and 13 were injured in the fire that sparked in the pipeline near the thermal power station in Mytishchi, Moscow Region, the Center for Emergency Medicine told TASS. The fire started from an explosion at a gas pipeline, adjacent to the plant, which created a tall bursting flare.