Russia's biggest chemical plant burns down in second suspicious fire in a day

Russia’s biggest chemical plant burns down in second suspicious fire in a day

A huge fire has ripped through one of Russia’s biggest chemical plants as they fight a brutal war in Ukraine.

Dramatic video shows smoke billowing from the Dmitrievsky Chemical Plant in the Russian city of Kineshma, about 250 miles east of Moscow.

The site is home to the largest manufacturer of chemical solvents in the country and is approximately 950km from the border with Ukraine.

It is not currently known what caused the blaze to start, however, it comes on the same day that a huge defense plant blaze broke out, killing seven people.

The Dmitrievsky Chemical Plant describes itself as the largest producer of butyl acetate and industrial solvents in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Dramatic photos show a huge blaze at the Dmitrievsky Chemical Plant

It is also the supplier of a wide range of chemical and petrochemical products in Russia and in the world, report Mirror Online.

It says its products are used in the paint and varnish, rubber, leather, and food industries.

Images of the fire have been widely shared on social media, but authorities have yet to confirm if there were any casualties.

Earlier today scientists were reportedly forced to jump out of windows in a separate fire at a defense institute in Tver, which develops new space and weapons systems.

Officials have confirmed that five people died in that fire.

The blaze was at the Second Central Research Institute of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, which has been involved in the development of Iskander missiles used with deadly effect in Ukraine.

Initial reports said the fire started on the second floor of the top secret research institute.

The cause was not clear but there were reports of “poisonous bluish-black smoke” and dramatic photos show thick plumes of dark smoke rising from the flames.

It was unclear if there were chemical releases before the fire or as a result of the raging inferno.

Flames quickly spread throughout the building due to the wooden flooring, reports said.

Eyewitnesses report that because of the smoke, people who were in the room could not evacuate and had to jump from the windows.

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