MOSCOW, June 11 (Xinhua) -- At least two people were killed Monday by an explosion on board an oil tanker in the Russian Caspian port of Makhachkala, the Russian Investigative Committee said Tuesday.
A statement by its Southern Transport Investigation Department said that the explosion followed by fire occurred early in the morning in the engine room of a tanker anchored at one of the port's berths.
The local division of the Russian Emergencies Ministry said in a separate statement that the fire was put off.
It said 57 people and 15 pieces of equipment were involved in the elimination of the consequences of the fire.
The Russian Investigative committee said it had opened a criminal case over the death of people in the accident, the committee said.
Currently, investigators and criminologists of the Southern Transport Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee are working at the scene of the accident to establish its reasons, it said.