Giant fire in a thermal power plant in the suburbs of Moscow

A giant fire broke out Thursday in a thermal power plant in the suburbs of Moscow, with flames reaching more than 50 meters high and eleven light wounded, according to Russian authorities.

Of the eleven victims, five received mild burns but none were hospitalized, said the Ministry of Emergency Situations, saying there is no risk of fire spreading to residential areas.

"The station has reduced its power to zero, but there is no risk of power outage for consumers.Other generators in reserve have been activated and the production capacity of plants already in operation has been increased" said the operating company Mosenergo.

The fire began around 11:00 am (0900 GMT) in a gas pipeline powering the plant in its enclosure, without causing damage to the facility itself, according to the same source.

The flames, visible from Moscow, decreased in intensity after the pipeline was cut off, but clouds of black smoke continued to leak from the site, of which 1,000 m2 were damaged.

A resident of the nearby town of Mytichtchi, Sofia Fessenko, told Russian television that hot water had been coming out of cold water taps since the fire started. "We saw smoke covering half the sky," she said.

About fifty fire trucks were sent to fight the fire in the village of Chelobitievo, a few kilometers from Moscow, the capital's mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced on Twitter. Helicopters and trains for fire fighting are also used.

The thermal power station number 27, which runs on natural gas, provides electricity and heating to the north and north-east of the sprawling Russian capital. Built from 1987 until the 2000s, it is the most modern power station in Moscow.

Source: Seychelles News Agency