Video Shows Huge Fireball in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia as Blaze Breaks Out

A screen grab from social media shows a blaze that broke out in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod on May 4, 2022. A tank car caught fire in the city 260 miles east of Moscow.

Avideo shared on social media showed a blaze in a Russian city that reportedly started after fuel tanks caught fire.

The blaze broke out on Wednesday in an industrial zone of Nizhny Novgorod, which is about 260 miles east of Moscow. The clip showed emergency services at the site and smoke billowing up.

The regional department of the Ministry of Emergency Situations said on Russian social media site VK that there were no injuries and no threat to settlements or the population.

“Fire and rescue units are working to extinguish the fire,” the department said, adding that “according to preliminary information, there were no casualties.”

According to rescuers, the fire was localized at 12:55 p.m., around two hours after it started. The fire had spread across 2,100 square feet and there were 55 rescuers and 17 vehicles at the site, local news outlet Nizhny Novgorod online reported.

The regional prosecutor’s office said it would inspect the premises to see if fire safety legislation was adhered to, RIA Novosti reported. So far, no cause for the fire has been listed.

Video of the blaze was tweeted by Ukrainian media outlet Ukrinform, which also shared footage of a fire at an oil depot in Makeyevka in the Donetsk region where Ukrainian and Russian forces are fighting.

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It said that four tanks with “oil products of 5,000 tons each are burning” and that “according to preliminary data, one person was killed and two were injured.”

This has not been confirmed, although the representative office of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic said Ukrainian shelling had hit the oil depot at 8.40 a.m. Wednesday morning, RIA Novosti reported.

There have been a number of reports of Russian infrastructure being targeted by Ukraine’s forces in the last few weeks.

On Monday, aerial video showed a Russian ammunition depot exploding into a huge ball of smoke and fire following Ukrainian mortar strikes.

Also this week, explosions were heard over Belgorod, the Russian city near the Ukrainian border where Kyiv’s forces have been accused of hitting military targets.

On Monday, one person was injured in a fire at a Russian defense ministry facility in the city around 20 miles inside the Russian border.

Other Russian regions near the Ukraine border have also reported cross-border shelling. Last week explosions were heard in Kursk while in Bryansk, two oil depots are believed to have been hit by Ukrainian missiles.

https://www.newsweek.com/russia-fire-nizhny-novgorod-moscow-1703364

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