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Explosions and fire hit ammunition depot in Siberia

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | August 5, 2019
Explosions have been reported on Monday at ammunition depot located at the military base in the Achinsk District of the Krasnoyarsk Region.
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"The explosion went off in an ammunition depot, evacuation is being carried out," a source in the region’s emergency services told TASS on Monday.

A fire broke out in the artillery propellant powder charge storage on the territory of an equipment supply depot, according to the Russian Central Military District.

Local emergency units took steps to restrict the spread of fire and ensure security at the fire site. "Currently, the epicenter of the fire is being localized," the district added.

A source in a local emergencies service told TASS that one serviceman died as a result of the blasts. However, a source in the Russian Defense Ministry has dismissed this information.

Eight people have been injured, including two military officers, the local hospital informed TASS.

"Eight people, three hospitalized, five outpatients," the source said.

The personnel has been evacuated. An effort is underway to evacuate residents of settlements located within a 20 km zone from the accident’s epicenter.