RIA Novosti/Aleksey Vovk

A massive fire has caused explosions of oil tanks at a storage facility near Kiev, killing several firefighters. The inferno is out of control, setting 17 huge tanks ablaze. There are gas storage tanks on the site at risk of detonation.

According to a local TV channel 1+1, cited by RIA:“There were 180 rescuers at the facility when the blast occurred. It’s not known how many survived. Ambulances can hardly manage to cope with transporting those injured. Rescuers say that gas pipelines run behind the oil tanks on fire, and they can explode as well.”

“Just like you, we consider the possibility that fire from the oil depot may spread to the airfield area. The Defense Ministry and the air command ‘Center’ did all they could to prevent such a scenario. All special services of the airfiled and personnel are ready. This is a facility under our special attention,”Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said.

The disaster at the BRSM-Nafta facility some 20 km southwest of the Ukrainian capital started Monday night, with one worker fatally burned in the initial fire. Five others were hospitalized with serious burns.

The death toll rose Tuesday morning as the fire spread across the site and caused massive explosions. Several firefighters responding to the emergency died, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on his Twitter account.

By RT News
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