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Fire at the artillery depot in Svatove, Luhansk region

Last night about 19:30 in Svatove, Luhansk region, the artillery depot of the Ukrainian Armed Forces with 3.5 thousand tons of ammunition caught fire and exploded
Fire at the artillery depot in Svatove, Luhansk region

Last night about 19:30 in Svatove, Luhansk region, the artillery depot with 3.5 thousand tons of ammunition,  including of “Grad”, “Uragan” and “Smerch”, caught fire and exploded, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to Korrespondent.

Svatove is a district center in Luhansk region and on the territory, controlled by the Ukrainian authorities. It is located 155 km northwest of Luhansk.  The total population of the town – 19 700 people.

The outbreak of the detonation shells complicated elimination of fire, the fire spreaded on the area of about 300 sq. meter. The shells exploded and hit many buildings and households in Svatovo. One of the shells hit the shop, killing one employee.

The emergency operational headquarters included the representatives of the AFU, law enforcement, emergency service, state authorities and local self-government. Fire tanks arrived from Kharkiv region to eliminate the consequences of the. After the cessation of bombings rescuers started to extinguish the fire in the depot.

According to the emergency service, 2 people were killed and 8 injured. The explosions in the town damaged 37 houses.

After the beginning of blasts, locals flocked to the cellars and bomb shelters. The local authorities cut off the gas and electricity facilities in the area.

At night, the authorities began the total evacuation of the city. As of the morning, Svatovo left about 5,000 people, including the patients from district hospitals, nursing homes and boarding schools.

The fire at the depot and local fires in the town were quenched completely at 18:00 of Friday. The emergency headquarters continue restoration of the damaged town infrastructure.

Ukrainian Defense Ministry said that, as a preliminary investigation concluded, the fire was caused by a signal flare, shot from outside the territory of the depot. The investigation continues.