Seven killed in Baltic Sea port explosion (Lead)June 6th, 2008 - 9:24 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, June 6 (DPA) The death toll rose to seven Friday after a gas blast sparked a fire onboard a cargo ship docked for repairs in Russia’s European exclave of Kaliningrad. Three workers were still presumed missing, a Russian navy spokesman Igor Dygalo at the military port was quoted as saying Friday.
Investigators blamed the explosion late Thursday afternoon on a “violation of safety rules during repair work on the fuel tank,” a source close to the inquiry said.
Russian television showed a fire and smoke billowing from the freighter’s deck in the military dockyard off the Baltic Sea.
Dygalo said the cargo ship belonged to a private St Petersburg company who had leased the docks from the Russian navy in the closed port town near the city of Kaliningrad.
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