At least 8 people were injured after a massive fire broke out at an electricity generating power station in the town of Mytishchi near Moscow on Thursday, according to local official.

Russian news agencies quoted eyewitnesses and emergency officials as saying that flames were leaping up to 50 meters high into the sky at the facility.

No immediate information about casualties have been reported yet.

The Emergencies Ministry’s Moscow branch told the Interfax news agency that the fire erupted at a high-pressure gas pump on the premises of the station and there is a danger that the blaze could spread to nearby buildings.

Firefighters have arrived at the site, Russian news agencies reported.

The town of Mytishchi is located just northeast of Moscow, some 20 kilometres from the city center.