Russian Explosives Plant: There is news of a significant fire in a chemical plant in Russia. According to the information, so far, 16 people have been reported dead. The fire started at a plant located southeast of Moscow (Russia Chemical Plant Blast), where weapons apart from explosives are made.
There are also reports of many people missing. Many videos related to this horrific accident are becoming viral on Russia’s social media. In this, several vehicles can be seen on fire in the village of Lesnoye in the forest, 300 km from Moscow.
Russian Explosives Plant
The emergency ministry said in a statement, 17 people have been injured due to this fire. One has been admitted to the hospital, while more information has not been received about nine people. Earlier, it was said that the fire could have started due to a violation of technical procedures and safety measures at PGUP Elastic Factory in the Ryazan region.
According to the plant’s website, it produces industrial explosives for civilian use and has ammunition for the defence sector and gas generators for submarines.
Over 170 rescue teams deployed in the area
The ministry said it first received information about the fire at the plant at 08:22 local time. The head of the local administration previously told the TASS news agency that 17 people were inside the plant’s workshop at the fire. The ministry said it had deployed more than 170 rescue teams in the area. The official death toll from the incident is expected to rise, as a source told Interfax news agency that 16 people had died in the accident.
Fire occurs due to poor infrastructure.
Accidental fires are common in Russia. Hundreds of fire incidents are recorded here due to non-compliance with safety standards apart from old and poor infrastructure. Russia’s worst fire disaster in recent times occurred in a shopping centre in the Siberian city of Kemerovo in 2018. In this, 64 people, including 41 children, died.
Investigators had said that the fire was caused due to a violation of safety norms, including the closure of the emergency exit and non-functioning alarm system. Subsequent officials found that hundreds of commercial and cultural sites across the country did not comply with fire safety standards.