Tue, 17 Sep 2019

A riverboat fire has killed one person in Russia's second largest city, St. Petersburg.

Media reports cited Emergency Situations Ministry officials on August 22 as saying that the fire broke out onboard the Pyotr Tchaikovsky river-cruise ship at around 05:30 a.m. local time and was extinguished in less than an hour.

According to the emergency officials, more than 300 people aboard the vessel were evacuated after the fire started in the boat's engine room and killed a person who was there. It was not immediately known if the victim was a crew member or a passenger.

An investigation has been launched into the fire.

Based on reporting by RIA Novosti, TASS, and Interfax

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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