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    A fire on board a Northern Fleet nuclear submarine killed two sailors and caused an automatic shutdown of a reactor, the Russian defense ministry said Thursday.

    MOSCOW, September 7 (RIA Novosti) - A fire on board a Northern Fleet nuclear submarine killed two sailors and caused an automatic shutdown of a reactor, the Russian defense ministry said Thursday.

    "Last night, a fire occurred on board the Daniil Moskovsky nuclear-powered submarine in the Barents Sea," the ministry's spokesman said. "Two crewmembers were killed in the fire, but there is no danger of an explosion."

    He said a fire in the electrical circuit caused an automatic shutdown of the nuclear reactor, but that it was quickly extinguished.

    The K-414 Daniil Moskovsky, a Victor III class nuclear-powered submarine, was commissioned by the Russian Navy in March 1991 and participated in a search-and-rescue effort during the Kursk nuclear submarine tragedy in August 2000.

    The surfaced submarine is being towed to a naval base, the spokesman said.

    The Northern Fleet's military prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into the incident.

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