Rescue workers still unable to start putting out fire in Svatovo

Once the fire that broke out in an arms depot is localized, bomb disposal experts will be allowed to get to its epicenter. However, rescue workers are still unable to do their job due to extremely high life risks.

30 October 2015 11:00

According to earlier reports, a fire broke out at an arms depot located in the town of Svatovo of the Lugansk region at about 7.30 p.m. However, bomb disposal experts are still unable to do their job due to extremely high risks for their lives, said Leonid Matyukhin, a spokesperson for the ATO HQ, in an interview aired by 112 Ukraine TV Channel.

“To the best of my knowledge, the ordnance is still detonating but at a far lesser rate than it was over the night or yesterday evening. The frequency of the blasts has dropped to, perhaps, one an hour. We have deployed tanks and all kinds of other equipment, but still cannot start extinguishing because the situation there is not yet very safe for rescue workers to do their job. Once the fire is localized and there are no more explosions, bomb disposal experts will be allowed to do their job,” said Matyukhin.

According to Yevgeniy Rybalko, Mayor of Svatovo, two people were killed and four more injured in the blasts.

“A woman, who worked as a shop assistant, died after being hit with a shell fragment. A man was also killed, and four other people wounded. There is a survivor trapped underneath the debris at the site of the fire but we just cannot reach him yet,” he said.