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Near Norway, a Big Fire in Russian Nuclear submarine is apparently under control.

Russia claims that rescue workers have control of over 10 meters high flames that have devastated a Russian nuclear submarine. Photo credit AP

Remember the film The Red October? The year is 1990. Captain First Rank Marko Ramius (Sean Connery) is the commanding officer of the new nuclear submarine of type k-84 called Red October. In order to defect, Ramius simulated an nuclear accident.

Twenty year later the Soviet Union does not exist, nor the Cold War, but still are tension between the two nations: U.S. and Russia. Therefore , something similar to this film happened yesterday in Russia, but in this case Sean Connery is innocent.

In Murmansk (Northern Russia) , a rescue crew has gained control of over 10 meters high flames that have devastated a Russian nuclear submarine and created fears of radioactive releases, according to Russian authorities statements to media.  Nine people were injured in the accident. The submarine is of type K-84 and was built in 1984. It can accommodate up to 16 intercontinental nuclear missiles.

– The fire is located and under control, says the Russian emergencies minister, Sergei Shoigu, the early morning of Friday – more than nine hours after the fire broke out

He is leading the rescue efforts from a control room in Moscow. His statement suggests that the submarine still burns, but that now control the situation.

Late Thursday night began the Russian fire fighters to fill the dry dock with water to get rid of the flames, and they succeeded in that.

The submarine was in dock at the shipyard in Murmansk for repairs when the fire broke out.

The fire broke out after a break in security routines, and the flames must have occurred in a wooden scaffold , and from there they spread to the rest of the submarine.

– The fire then spread to the outer parts of the hull, said a spokesman for the Russian fleet to news agencies.

The U-boat plant  is located in Murmansk near the border with Norway. There is a risk that water gets into the reactor room.

The Norwegian authorities followed also the situation closely. They sent experts to the area, and are constantly measuring the radiation.

Russia’s northern fleet was in August 2000 suffered a very serious accident. 118 seamen perished when the Kursk nuclear submarine caught fire and exploded at sea.

President Medvedev ordered investigation.-

Dmitri Medvedev, the Russian President has given orders to determine the perpetrators of the fire in the Yekaterinburg nuclear submarine that caught fire yesterday afternoon and today has not yet  completely been turned off. The submarine is in the shipyards located in Rosliakovo, in the port of Murmansk in northwestern Russia, and, according to the rules, the two reactors were off before the fire and no missiles on board.

The Yekaterinburg, which entered service in 1985, has 167 meters length and ability to carry 16 intercontinental nuclear missiles. The work to recover the Yekaterinburg could take months and even the authorities do not exclude the possibility of having to dismiss the vessel , altogether.