Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov informed public that the major fire at the oil
storage in the village of Kryachki is contained already. The fire doesn’t
spread any more and there is no threat for another oil storage and military
unit nearby. There is no necessity to evacuate residents of nearby villages.
Around 6 p.m. on June 8 enormous fire erupted at the
big oil storage facility “BRSM-Neft” in the village of Kryachki (Vasilkivski district
of Kiev region). This oil storage belongs to the group of companies “BRSM”.
Four of the fuel tanks caught fire first but
firefighters could not stop the fire and in the morning on June 9 one fuel tank
exploded. As a result nine fuel tanks were captured by fire. Near the site of
the fire is located another and even bigger oil storage facility “KLO” and a
military unit with warehouses of arms. There was a danger of fire spreading and
authorities began to prepare to evacuate residents of nearby settlement, in
particular from villages Kryachki and Kobtzy.
To extinguish fire rescuers and firefighters from Kiev
and neighboring regions with necessary equipment were involved. Some 500
National Guardsmen and 1000 policemen are protecting public order and safety.
Soldiers of the Ukrainian Armed Forces also are involved in cordoning off the fire site.
Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov is
constantly present at the fire site to evaluate situation and to coordinate
activity of units of the National Guard and the SES (The State Emergency
Service of Ukraine). Head of SES Nikolay Chechetkin is also there with
firefighters. Special Emergency Commission was created by the order of the
Prime-Minister A.Yatsenyuk to fight the fire.
To evening of June 9 firefighters extinguished fire
around the burning fuel tanks. This minimized the danger of a second explosion.
Also the danger of spreading fire to the nearby oil storage “KLO” and to the
military warehouses was suppressed. To extinguish fire a special fire train was
used with equipment for foamy attack to fire center.
Minister Avakov stressed that there is no more reason
for panic and evacuation of population. Ecological monitoring of atmosphere
showed absence of toxic substances.
To morning of June 10 the epicenter of the fire was
contained and isolated butburning out of
the remains of fuel will continue for several hours. It was announced by
Minister Avakov during briefing at fire site.
“At the morning session of the Emergency Commission we
decided to use fire tanks. It will make work of rescuers easier and more safe”
– said Arsen Avakov. (Fire tank– tracked fire vehicle which was constructed on
the base of military tank in 2010 at the KharkivArmored Vehicles Repair Plant).
Head of SES Nikolay Chechetkin informed that six fuel
tanks continue to burn. There is no reason for panic in connection with fire at
the BRSM oil storage facility. “Three hundred SES staff and 45 units of equipment including fire
train are involved in the fight with fire. There is also a reserve of two
hundred people and 21 units of equipment. As for now twelve persons were
injured: six SES staff and six railroad workers. We have no communication with
one more SES staff (from the crew of the fire train) and we consider him now
missing person” – informed head of SES. According to the latest data four
persons were lost during the fire.
“We are going now to fill in burning fuel tanks with
frother to decrease intensity of burning and smoke emission. Possible result is
not clear now because we do not know how much fuel did not burn yet. May be it
will be successful and may be not and will only diminish a bit amount of
flames” – noted Arsen Avakov.