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Russia Says Fire On Nuclear Sub

A nuclear submarine at the port of Vidyayevo in Murmansk (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) September 7, 2006 -- The Russian Defense Ministry said today a fire broke out aboard a nuclear submarine, killing two sailors and injuring another.

The head of the Russian Navy, Admiral Vladimir Masorin, said the fire was probably caused by a short circuit. He said the two sailors died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Interfax reported that the incident poses no radiation threat.

The Russian news agency said the fire erupted on the night of September 6 in a mechanics room and was put out by around midnight.

It said that the submarine belongs to Russia's Northern Fleet, and it was being towed to the port of Vidyayevo, a base for Russian submarines in the Barents Sea.


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