Gas explosion rocks residential building in Murmansk

A home gas explosion destroyed a part of a residential building located on Nevsky Street in the city of Murmansk, a regional police spokesman told Interfax.

A home gas explosion destroyed a part of a residential building located on Nevsky Street in the city of Murmansk, a regional police spokesman told Interfax.

"The explosion occurred at around 7:00 a.m. It might have entailed injuries. Specialists with a search dog are en route to the site. The blast destroyed the fourth and fifth floors of the building," he said.

The death of an elderly woman as a result of the gas explosion has already been confirmed.

"The preliminary information available indicates that an elderly woman, aged 60, has been killed. Another person has been admitted to hospital," Murmansk region police spokesperson Lyudmila Rudakova has said.

The clean-up operation continues as more people are feared trapped under rubble, she added.

Tatyana Zakharova, spokesperson for the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry's branch for the Murmansk region, for her part, told Interfax that ministry rescuers had found a man trapped alive under concrete rubble. The man remains conscious.

Some 60 tenants have been evacuated from the partially destroyed building. Psychologists of the Emergency Situations Ministry are currently working with them.

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