MOSCOW, Feb. 9 (AP) — A gas explosion in an apartment building in the south-central Russian city of Novosibirsk killed at least five people Thursday morning, including a 2-year-old child.
Nine people have been taken to hospital, two of them in intensive care, regional governor Andrey Travnikov said.
Authorities said 10 people, including two children, may have been inside when the explosion occurred at 7:43 a.m. but remained unaccounted for.
“The nature of the injuries was varied — there were compound injuries, burns and carbon monoxide poisoning,” Travnikov said.
The explosion caused two entrances to the five-storey building to collapse, and the ensuing fire destroyed 30 apartments.
A criminal case has been filed for the incident and preliminary data suggest it was caused by a gas leak.
The district’s Department of Housing and Utilities said the building’s gas system was inspected in September 2022.
Novosibirsk is the largest city in Siberia and the third most populous city in Russia. (Associated Press)
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