A fire broke out aboard a Russian nuclear submarine, killing two crew members, but causing no radiation threat, the Interfax news agency reported today.
The fire erupted last night in a mechanics room and was put out by around midnight, Interfax reported, citing the Russian Navy’s Northern Fleet.
“There is no threat of nuclear contamination,” an unnamed fleet spokesman said.
The ship's nuclear reactor was shut down and the vessel was being towed along the surface of the water to its base at Vedyayevo, the agencies reported.
No one could be reached immediately at Russian naval headquarters for confirmation.