One person has died and two others have been hospitalised with medium severity injuries following an explosion and subsequent fire at an LNG storage tank in Kazan in Tatarstan, Russia on 12 June 2020.
Russia’s state-owned newswire TASS reports that the explosion happened at around 22:00 local time at the above ground 170 m3 storage tank at a gas distribution centre owned by Gazprom, rupturing the tank and causing a jet fire. Local authorities declared a state of emergency. Almost 200 emergency personnel and 58 units of equipment including a drone were involved in fighting the fire at its height, both to extinguish the fire and to cool neighbouring tanks to prevent the fire’s spread. The fire was eventually contained around 10:40 on 13 June 2020.
According to TASS, Tatarstan has opened a criminal investigation case under article 217 of Russia’s Criminal Code – Violation of Safety Rules at Explosive Facilities.
Gazprom has not commented on the incident.