One person was wounded and two are still missing after a military depot near Russia’s Urals city of Orenburg was caught on fire on Monday, triggering a series of explosions, Russian Defense Ministry said.
“One serviceman received a minor shrapnel injury and was hospitalized. His life and health are not in danger,” a spokesman for the Defense Ministry said.
Two people who worked at the depot are missing, a spokesperson for the regional branch of the Emergencies Ministry said.
According to official reports, the fire at the depot, owned by the Defense Ministry, occurred at 15:15 Moscow time [11:15 GMT], triggering numerous explosions. A press service of the regional government said that a total of 26 people, the depot’s personnel, had been evacuated.
Residents of several villages neighboring the depot have also been evacuated.
“Four villages in Orenburg region and four ones in Samara region are planned to be evacuated,” a spokesperson for the regional branch of the Emergencies Ministry said.
About 100 people have already been evacuated from a village in Samara region.
The Defense Ministry’s commission led by the deputy minister, Dmitry Bulgakov, has headed for the scene of the accident to probe into the cause of the fire. Orenburg region’s governor Yury Berg also left for the fire area.
A total of 355 specialists and 68 units of special equipment are involved in distinguishing the fire, Emergencies Ministry’s spokesperson said.
In 2004, a fire and explosions at a munitions depot in southern Ukraine lasted for several days and killed five people.