50 people return home after ammunition depot fire in Urals

Fifty people have returned to their undamaged houses in a Urals village after fire brigades put out conflagration at a local ammunition depot, a spokesman for the emergencies services said on Saturday.

At least 200 residents of the Urman village, including 40 children, remain in evacuation centers where they were taken after artillery shells exploded in a loading area of the depot on Thursday, which caused the fire.

The local police said seven people were injured, while the emergencies services cited the figure of 12, including three in hospital.

The fire destroyed about 50 buildings. Construction companies are assessing the damage.

Criminal investigation has been launched. The Defense Ministry said it would eliminate the depot by September.

A fire-fighting train, two Emergencies Ministry planes and three robots were summoned to put out the fire.


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