Brazil Antarctic base fire kills two

Syndicated from IANS | Published on Sun, Feb 26 2012 9:36 IST | 169 Views | Add comment

Two Brazilian navy personnel were killed in a fire at the country's Antarctic research base Saturday.

The fire first broke out in a room housing energy generators and spread to other areas of the Comandante Ferraz base near the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, causing a string of explosions, the navy said. Another personnel was injured, Xinhua reported.

About $120 million worth of research equipment was destroyed. About 30 scientists and 12 Brazilian navy personnel were stationed there.

The Argentine air force airlifted the survivors to a Chilean city, and a Brazilian Air Force plane further flew them back to Brazil.

The Brazilian base, set up in 1984, focuses on biological and marine studies.

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