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Russia says arsenal fire extinguished

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June 4, 2011, 5:36 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Associated Press

A fire engulfs an ammunition depot with tracers visible around the flames in Pugachyovo in the central Russian region of Udmurtia, Friday, June 3, 2011.
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MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials say a fire that blazed at a munitions depot for more than a day and a half has been extinguished. Two elderly people living in the vicinity of the plant in the republic of Udmurtia were reported Friday to have died of heart attacks that officials said likely were brought on by stress from the exploding ammunition. The republic's health ministry says 85 people sought medical help in the incident, some for physical injuries and others for stress.

Russian news agencies reported Emergencies Ministries official Sergei Tsarichenko as saying the blaze was extinguished Saturday afternoon.

No cause has been determined for the fire, which broke out late Thursday.
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