Russia: 4 dead in apartment collapse, apparent gas explosion

3 dead, 79 missing in Russia apartment block explosion

Russian news agencies say at least 2 people died and 10 were rescued after a section of a high rise housing apartment collapsed in Magnitogorsk.

The nation's top investigative agency, the Investigative Committee, said the collapse of a section of the ten-storey building was apparently caused by a gas leak.

At least three people were killed and another 79 people were unaccounted for after a gas explosion rocked a residential building in Russia's Urals city of Magnitogorsk today, a senior official said. It happened before dawn when most residents were still asleep.

The building was home to 110 people, and 48 flats collapsed in the blast.

The scene of a part of a collapsed apartment building in Magnitogorsk a city of 400,000 people about 1,400 kilometers southeast of Moscow Russia Monday Dec. 31 2018. At least four people died Monday when sections of an apartment building

"Three people have been pulled alive from the rubble and three are dead", Boris Dubrovsky, governor of the Chelyabinsk region where the city is located, said in a statement.

Russia's emergencies ministry told news agencies it could have caused by gas.

Search and rescue efforts are underway for people still trapped inside, with over 400 emergency workers searching through the rubble.

In one sign of how serious the accident was, President Vladimir Putin was informed of the accident in the industrial city some 1,400km east of Moscow, according to the Kremlin.

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