Support The Moscow Times!

Now is the time to support independent reporting from Russia!

Contribute Today

Catastrophe Prevented After Lightning Hits Sheremetyevo Airport Fueling Station

Firefighters managed to douse a blaze in a decommissioned building at the fueling complex at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport after it was struck by a lightning, averting a possible catastrophe.

The building, which was standing empty and was being prepared for demolition, went up in flames during a thunderstorm late Wednesday afternoon, Interfax reported Thursday.

Firefighters localized and extinguished the blaze, which had engulfed the entire building, with an area of six by eight meters, by 5.30 p.m., thereby preventing it from spreading it to a nearby container holding 50 tons of fuel.

The airport's fueling station was not damaged and was working to its normal capacity Thursday.

Read more

Russia media is under attack.

At least 10 independent media outlets have been blocked or closed down over their coverage of the war in Ukraine.

The Moscow Times needs your help more than ever as we cover this devastating invasion and its sweeping impacts on Russian society.