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Fire kills 10 at Russian arms depot, briefly halts Trans-siberian railway

Published on Apr 30, 2014 3:00 PM

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Explosions caused by a fire killed at least 10 people at a munitions depot in eastern Siberia and temporarily closed a section of the Trans-siberian railway, Russia's Defence Ministry said.

Engineers found a truck with 10 corpses in the early hours of Wednesday, a Defence Ministry spokesman told Rossiya-24 television, which carried pictures of flames swirling high in the night sky and turning it red.

The blaze broke out on Tuesday at the depot near Bolshaya Tura village, some 6,200km south-east of Moscow, caused by a wildfire raging nearby. More than 1,000 residents were evacuated, the local Emergencies Ministry said.

As the wildfire spread, a logistics officer decided to evacuate those guarding the depot but the group were hit by another explosion as they tried to escape and died within minutes, spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

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