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Deadly Fuel Fire In Ukraine Under Control


Officials say a massive fuel depot fire on June 9 near Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, has killed five people, including three firemen who went missing after the blaze caused a powerful blast.

Top security official Oleksandr Turchynov said emergency services had managed to contain the fire and there was no longer any threat of the blaze spreading.

Turchynov said in a statement, "Firemen have the situation...under total control."

Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said in televised comments that "The crisis will be resolved entirely within the next 12 hours."

Avakov said the bodies of three firemen, unaccounted for after the explosion ripped through the area as they battled the fire, had been found.

Emergency services said two other people died and several others were injured.

The fire at the depot near Vasylkiv, 30 kilometers from Kyiv, burned overnight and by morning had spread to at least 16 supply tanks, most of them storing gasoline.

Interior Ministry official Zoryan Shkiryak said police were investigating three possible causes of the fire -- "violations of fuel storage regulations, technical malfunctions, or arson."

The depot's owners said they suspected arson.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP
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