Two Killed In Nairit Plant Explosion In Yerevan


May 14 2009

Two people died and four were injured in an explosion and fire at
the Nairit natural rubber plant in Yerevan, the Armenian ambulance
service told Interfax on Thursday.

Currently, the fire is still blazing, and doctors and rescuers are
working at the scene. According to some estimates, the number of
killed and injured may exceed the official data.

As a result of the explosion some are injured, and three workers went
missing, a Nairit employee, who witness what happened, told Interfax.

The explosion occurred at the K-12 natural rubber production unit,
he said.

The shock wave smashed the windows of the cars parked in the adjacent
area, an Interfax correspondent said.

Meanwhile, Nairit spokeswoman Anush Arutyunian told journalists that
the information about the plant explosion victims was being clarified.

The information about victims will be provided later, advisor to the
chief of Armenia’s rescue service Nikolai Grigorian told Interfax.

Meanwhile, Arutyunian said that the explosion and fire emissions are
not toxic and pose no threat to the public.

Currently, firefighting squads, rescuers and doctors are working at
the scene. Since the fire has not been extinguished and more explosions
can occur, entry to the plant area is closed.

Armenian police chief Alik Sarkisian has arrived at the plant.

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