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Nine Killed In Suspected Gas Blast In Far Russia

Channels Television  
Updated November 19, 2022
This handout photograph released on November 19, 2022 from the Telegram account of the governor of Russia’s Sakhalin region shows rescuers working at the explosion site in the village of Tymovskoye, Sakhalin Region. (Photo by HANDOUT / TELEGRAM / LIMARENKO_OFFICIAL / AFP)

 

A suspected gas explosion early Saturday in a five-storey residential building killed nine people in Russia’s southeastern Sakhalin island, the local governor said.

The blast occurred in a brick building built in the 1980s in the village of Tymovskoye, TASS news agency reported.

“Nine people were killed, including four children,” the region’s governor Valery Limarenko told the Rossia 24 television channel.

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The emergencies ministry said preliminary information pointed to a gas leak, adding that many storeys had collapsed.

Images aired on television showed a white building with brown balconies that was partly demolished.

The emergencies ministry said 60 rescuers had been deployed.

AFP