The fire is localized, but above the city there is a caustic smoke. The authorities report that the threshold limit value of dangerous substances in air isn't exceeded, but inhabitants to it don't trust the Photo: Olga Smolskaya/tass Over Vladikavkaz as a result of the fire at the Electrozinc plant caustic smoke was condensed. The fire is localized, the Ministry of Emergency Situations reports. But inhabitants leave the city, on departures of a stopper. At this Ministry of Emergency Situations and Rospotrebnadzor say that there is no need for it as the threshold limit value of dangerous substances in Vladikavkaz isn't exceeded and nothing threatens human health. At the same time to residents of the neighboring areas of the power recommended not to go outside and not to open a window in houses. The fire has broken out on the night of October 21 as workers of the plant speak, because of short circuit in conducting. The fire area has reached 4,5 thousand square meters. At suppression one firefighter has died, two more have suffered. In the morning of the Ministry of Emergency Situations reported that because of release of hydrogen there is an explosion threat, in this regard the staff has been brought from the building, the fire was extinguished from the street. Now city authorities claim that there is no threat of explosion. Details of Business FM were told by the journalist from Vladikavkaz Zaur Farniyev: "The plant is sufficient dangerous: production of zinc, there sulfuric acid. He is practically in a residential zone. Earlier he was on the suburb of the city, but as the city expanded, as a result the city has surrounded him. This plant huge, maybe, about ten square kilometers. He is practically in an environment of houses. Construction is old, the 19th century, and since then there has little exchanged. As employees of the plant tell, short circuit happened in the electrolytic shop. The structure is shabby, there were all prerequisites for heavy fire. Smoke which goes from there very reminding mushroom from nuclear explosion, it is visible from all directions, in any parts of the city, even from the remote villages. In the city now panic. People in messengers, in social networks urge to be evacuated from the city at least to the next villages, it is better to mountains. Now I am in kilometers, probably, to five-seven from the fire, I see this column, came to a balcony, I have in language a sweetish smack. Claim that there are no dangerous emissions, all within norm, but nobody trusts in it". Electrozinc — one of leading enterprises of nonferrous metallurgy of Russia, the largest industrial enterprise of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania. Produces zinc, lead, cadmium, sulfuric acid. The plant is included into structure of Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company which main owners — Iskandar Makhmudov and Andrey Kozitsyn. The territory of the North Ossetia enterprise — is more than 70 hectares in a northeast part of Vladikavkaz. Ecologists and locals demand to close the Electrozinc plant since 2009. Then there was the first accident. But unsuccessfully, the journalist from Vladikavkaz Madina Sageeva says: "There are districts of the city where ashes, somewhere even ashes get on cars. Panic is. I have sent the children too from the city because since morning of official information on what occurs I, am not present at all. Electrozinc is a metal
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