Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Ukraine crews battle blaze after 'huge' explosion outside Kiev

From:  BBC

Ukraine emergencies ministry photo of blaze at petrol depot in Vasylkiv outside Kiev

Emergency crews are battling a fire outside the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, following a huge blast at a fuel depot.

The blaze broke out on Monday evening, and one worker at the plant died.

The explosion on Tuesday morning left several firefighters reportedly injured or missing.
Three firefighters were unaccounted for and another six were taken to hospital, officials said, as the fire spread to at least 16 tanks, most of them storing petrol. 

The fire at the depot, next to Hlevakha airbase and near the town of Vasylkiv, sent a huge pall of smoke over the surrounding area.
The fire burned through the night
The army has been clearing a munitions storage facility, located about 50m (164ft) away, according to Oleksandr Turchynov, secretary of Ukraine's national security and defence council.

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