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Blast at Burshtyn TPP leaves five injured

An explosion rocked one of the power units at the Burshtyn thermal power plant in Ukraine’s western Ivano-Frankivsk region on the evening of Sunday, November 28, injuring five workers.

That’s according to the State Emergency Service, Ukrinform reports.

Rescuers say the initial emergency report came in at 22:12 local time.

“On the power unit 7’s boiler, a 60 mm diameter screen pipe was depressurized, which resulted in a release of a gas-steam mixture and gases from the boiler furnace,” the State Emergency Service’s press service wrote.

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Two workers were hospitalized with burns, the report said.

At the same time, the local hospital’s emergency room data says at least five persons were admitted, with no further details provided so far.

TPP power unit 7 has been shut down and decommissioned, while power unit 4 has been put into operation instead. Currently, seven units are in operation. The TPP has not been generally affected by the incident, the SES said.

As Ukrinform reported, on November 27 a household gas explosion partly destroyed an apartment block in the town of Nova Odesa in Mykolaiv region. Three people died in the accident.

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