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Two children among six killed in Russia gas explosion

Published 16/02/2016 | 10:07

Russian Emergencies Ministry members work at the site of a residential five-storey apartment building after a gas explosion in the early morning, in the city of Yaroslavl, northeast of Moscow, Russia, February 16, 2016
Russian Emergencies Ministry members work at the site of a residential five-storey apartment building after a gas explosion in the early morning, in the city of Yaroslavl, northeast of Moscow, Russia, February 16, 2016
In this photo provided by the Yaroslavl Branch of Russian Emergency Ministry Press Service, emergency and rescue workers search the debris of a 5-story apartment building after a powerful natural gas explosion early Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Yaroslavl, Russia

At least six people, including two children, have been killed in a gas blast at a five-storey apartment building in a central Russian city.

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Nine other people were injured in the explosion in Yaroslavl, 160 miles (250km) north-east of Moscow, emergency services said.

In this photo provided by the Yaroslavl Branch of Russian Emergency Ministry Press Service, emergency and rescue workers search the debris of a 5-story apartment building after a powerful natural gas explosion early Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Yaroslavl, Russia
In this photo provided by the Yaroslavl Branch of Russian Emergency Ministry Press Service, emergency and rescue workers search the debris of a 5-story apartment building after a powerful natural gas explosion early Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Yaroslavl, Russia

The blast, which happened before dawn on Tuesday, destroyed five apartments and damaged 20 others.

All residents of the building were evacuated - a total of about 130 people. It was unclear whether all residents had been accounted for or whether any were missing.

Most apartment buildings in Russia are supplied with natural gas for cooking. The cause of Tuesday's blast was under investigation.

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